Yet seventh place, and a potential European spot, remains tantalisingly within reach for Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
“It is going to be difficult because it’s a team that is top of the league,” said the experienced Argentinian.
“Against the top teams, we’ve been playing really well. But we’ve failed three or four times to get that seventh position.
“That’s something we’ve been talking about, how good it would be to finish seventh and to try and play in the Europa League next season.
“If you want to have a good season, you just need that consistency and be able to play well enough week in week out.
“I can’t say we’ll win every single game, you can’t. This is the strongest league and you have to respect the other teams.
“It’s very difficult to win games in this league, but sometimes we play really well and win games, but five days later we can put in a really poor performance.
“We just need to find that consistency if you want to be a better team.
“Every player needs to be on it, they have to feel proud to play for West Ham and to make this club better.”