Jack Collison reckons two victories will be sufficient to see West Ham United secure their Barclays Premier League place come the season's end - and help Wales to qualify for next year's FIFA World Cup.

The Hammers have collected 33 points from their opening 29 fixtures to sit 14th in the table, six points ahead of 18th-placed Wigan Athletic with nine games still to play - including the visit of Roberto Martinez's side to the Boleyn Ground in April.

With Sam Allardyce's side also possessing a superior goal difference to the Latics and a number of the other teams below them, Collison is confident that two wins will be enough to stay up.

"Between now and the end of the season, we're obviously aiming to get as many points on the board as we can," said the No10, speaking after Sunday's 2-0 Barclays Premier League defeat at Chelsea. "The sooner we can do it, the better for us, and then maybe we can look to push on.

"It's hard to say [how many points we need]. It's very tight down there, but as long as we concentrate on ourselves, work hard and get a couple of wins on the board, we'll be fine.

"There are a lot teams down there but, we feel that with the squad and manager we've got, we're good enough to stay up. The sooner we can get the points on the board, the better for us.

"We'll work hard. Unfortunately we've got to wait two weeks for our next game but we'll be ready come West Brom."

Looking back at Sunday's loss at Stamford Bridge, Collison conceded that West Ham had simply lost to the superior team - albeit one comprised of players costing in excess of £200m in total.

One Blues player to stand out was Collison's fellow West Ham Academy graduate Frank Lampard, who opened the scoring with his 200th goal for Chelsea - an achievement his fellow midfielder was quick to recognise.

"We went to Chelsea and we worked hard but I think we were beaten by the better team. They have got some world-class players and I think it showed.

"Frank always seems to score against West Ham doesn't he? We're disappointed but you've got to say 'Fair play' to him because he's got 200 goals. It's a massive milestone and congratulations.

"He's not done badly has he? Fair play to him because he's been brilliant, not just this season but over the last ten years."

Before Collison returns to action in claret and blue with the visit of West Bromwich Albion on Saturday 30 March, the 24-year-old has the small matter of two vital 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers with Wales to attend to.

The Welsh travel to Scotland before welcoming Croatia, knowing two victories are required if they are to retain hope of reaching a first major finals since the 1958 FIFA World Cup finals.

Collison said a recent friendly victory over Emanuel Pogatetz's Austria and a 2-1 win in the reverse qualifier against Scotland in Cardiff in October - courtesy of two late Gareth Bale goals - had given Chris Coleman's squad a massive confidence boost.

"We are looking forward to it and we've got a bit of momentum going into it because we won our last game against Austria.

"These are two massive games, two massive qualifiers, and where better to start than in Scotland? It's going to be a hostile atmosphere because it's a game we're looking forward to.

"You could say it was luck or a bit of brilliance from Gareth Bale [that we beat Scotland in October]. We scored two late goals so I'm sure they'll be looking to turn us over, but at the same time we're going to go there looking for the win and then move on to the following Tuesday against Croatia."

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