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2014-02-19T14:00:00 Updated 2015-02-18T22:39:29

'Nobody gives you points for free'

Guy Demel is eyeing yet another clean sheet when West Ham United take on Southampton on Saturday.

The Ivorian has helped Sam Allardyce's men shut out their last four opponents, and a fifth in a row could see them move into the top half of the Barclays Premier League table.

It represents a remarkable turnaround for the Hammers, who were in the division's bottom three just two games ago - but the No20 remains well aware that the recovery job is far from complete yet.

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He said: "We've had some good results recently and that's why we need to keep on getting points, to make sure we stay on the good side [of the table] and keep the positive atmosphere.

"The league is so tight and that's one of the reasons that the Premier League is the best league in the world.

"You look at Spain and there's three teams at the top, then the fourth is 16 points behind, but here in England it's really close, both at the top and the bottom.

"That's why you have to perform in every game because nobody is going to give you points for free."

The Hammers returned to home shores this week after a warm-weather training camp in Dubai and Demel believes the chance to recharge their batteries will have clear benefits over the final 12 games of the campaign.

He added: "It was important for the team to go to Dubai and relax a bit. It's the Premier League, the best in the world, so it's really demanding. Sometimes you need that few days just to be relaxed to get a fresh mind and come back with the energy to finish the season strongly.

"We did it last year and it worked really well, so I think it was a good idea. It also makes the team be together for the team building, so i think it's really important."

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