Filed: Sunday, 8th May 2011
By: Staff Writer
West Ham United are all but relegated to the Championship after Wolves beat neighbours West Brom 3-1 at Molineux this lunchtime.
A Steven Fletcher brace and a third from Adlene Geudioura gave Wolves a 3-1 win that takes them to 37 points and above the relegation zone - but most importantly, four points about West Ham with only two games of the 2010/11 Premier League campaign left to play.
The Wanderers' final two games of the season come away to Sunderland and at home to Blackburn on the final day; should they win either fixture then they cannot be caught by West Ham.
Yesterday's opponents Blackburn and Carling Cup finalists Birmingham City - both currently on 39 points - can still be caught although both have considerably better goal differences (-18 and -14 respectively, compared to West Ham's -23).
Premier League table: as it stands
15 Blackburn 36 39 -14
16 Birmingham 36 39 -18
17 Wolves 35 37 -21
18 Blackpool 36 36 -22
19 Wigan 36 36 -23
20 West Ham 36 33 -23
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by WH Winegarden
11:03PM 8th May 2011
''Admittedly the tast at hand is not an easy one and may even be impossible, but it is not entirely up to the results of Wolves.
If the Hammers can manage to win the last two games of the season, the goal difference between us and Birmingham can easily be erased. Sadly though I don't think the Wigan game is going to be an easy task, and Sunderland won't be doing us any favours, but until the results of next weeks games are in I will sit with a small glimmer of hope gleaming from my being.''
by g portugal
08:25PM 8th May 2011
''Big blow,certainly. Fatal blow? Not necessarily, provided that we beat Wigan. Wolves, Birmingham and Blackburn still have to get the required points. It's a very big assumption to take it for granted that Wolves will win away to Sunderland. Should Wolves fail to win at Sunderland then it is VERY possible that they could still bottle it on the final day of the season.
Blackburn's goal difference could look a lot worse after their game against Man Utd. Birmingham are struggling and if they lose to Fulham, they could easily lose to Spurs on the final day. We're in deep trouble but I believe that we can beat Wigan and if we manage that, I think on the last day we still could be in a position to pull this off.''