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Play-offs looming


Filed: Wednesday, 11th April 2012
By: Staff Writer


West Ham's chances of automatic promotion all but disappeared last night after Reading snatched a 1-0 win at Brighton & Hove Albion.

Despite being under the cosh for much of the game, a 14th minute strike from Ian Harte - a free kick that took a massive deflection on its way in - was enough to win all three points at the Amex Stadium for Brian McDermott's in-form team.

That win took the Berkshire side six points clear of the Irons - who have won just three of their last ten outings - and level on points with Southampton (on 82 points). All three clubs have just four games of the league campaign remaining.

All of which means that should either Reading or the Saints avoid defeat in two of their remaining four games, West Ham can kiss goodbye to automatic promotion - regardless of how well Sam Allardyce's side fare in their remaining fixtures.

Albion captain Gordon Greer, whose team are now in grave danger of missing out on the play-offs altogether and who visit the Boleyn Ground this weekend said: "We're all disappointed because we felt like we did well [tonight]. We have won games by playing far worse than that.

"But we will be doing all we can in training to get it right for Saturday. I think there is more pressure on West Ham considering they were in the Premier League last year. We are running out of games, but every game remains very important to us.

"We don't feel under pressure because we are just concentrating on what we need to do. We have not focused on West Ham's form we just look at what we do, and hopefully that will get us the result."

West Ham must now hope that this weekend's Southampton v Reading clash will provide an outright winner whilst they beat Gus Poyet's side in order to maintain their slim hopes of finishing in the top two.


Remaining fixtures

West Ham Utd: Brighton (h); Bristol City (a); Leicester (a); Hull (h).

Southampton: Reading (h); Peterborough (a); Middlesbrough (a); Coventry (h).

Reading: Southampton (a); Nottm Forest (h); Crystal Palace (h); Birmingham (a).






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by BigDavetheammer
07:31AM 12th Apr 2012
''I can not see us going up this season, it's still mathamatically possible though. Hope Sam plays the younger players he has assembled, with some of the Academy players. Love to see a team of Henderson, Driver, Potts, Reid, Tompkins, Wearen, Turgott, Lee, Maynard, Morrison, Vaz Te. Plus we have plenty of other very good youngsters. If we don't make it this time all is not lost if we build a team around these players.''

by Steve Page
09:30PM 11th Apr 2012
''"All of which means that should either Reading or the Saints avoid defeat in two of their remaining four games, West Ham can kiss goodbye to automatic promotion - regardless of how well Sam Allardyce's side fare in their remaining fixtures."

No it doesn't. There are 12 points left to play for, so both Reading and Southampton need 7 points to make it mathematically impossible for us to go up as things stand.''

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