Text  Larger | Smaller | Default


'Boro hand West Ham promotion lifeline

Filed: Saturday, 21st April 2012
By: Staff Writer

Middlesbrough have beaten Southampton 2-1 at the Riverside this afternoon - keeping alive West Ham United's slim hopes of clinching automatic promotion for another 48 hours at least.

The defeat for Southampton - which meant Reading were confirmed as Champions - leaves them five points clear of West Ham with just one game of the season left to play, at home to Coventry City next weekend.

But should the Hampshire side lose or draw on the final day, Sam Allardyce's side can still overtake the Saints should they manage to win their final two games of the campaign at Leicester on Monday night and at home to Hull at the Boleyn Ground next Saturday.

Initially it looked like plain sailing at the Riverside Stadium for Nigel Adkins' side - who would have guaranteed promotion with a win today - after they took the lead through Billy Sharp with just 46 seconds on the clock.

However Nicky Bailey's equaliser on the stroke of half time - followed by Merouane Zemmama's dramatic winner with just 13 minutes left on the clock - maintained 'Boro's slim hopes of reaching the play-offs whilst keeping West Ham's admittedly slim hopes of finishing in the top two alive.

The omens aren't particularly good for West Ham as Southampton's opponents next weekend were relegated from the Championship today by virtue of a 2-0 defeat at home to bottom club Doncaster.

But with the Saints having thrown away the footballing equivalent of two match points already - following defeats against Reading and now Middlesbrough - who's to say there won't be one final twist in what has already proved to be a remarkable season?

Championship: Top of Table

1. Reading 45-89 69-39 +30
2. Soton 45 85-81-46 +35
3. West Ham 44-80 77-46 +31

Remaining Fixtures

Mon, 23 April: Leicester City v West Ham Utd (7:45pm)
Sat, 28 April: West Ham Utd v Hull City; Southampton v Coventry City (12:30pm)

Related News

   arrow   Hammers train - and sunbathe - in US heat [14th Mar 2018]
   arrow   Hammers land determined Hugill [31st Jan 2018]
   arrow   Hugill heading to London for talks [31st Jan 2018]
   arrow   Vic Keeble [31st Jan 2018]
   arrow   Kids For A Quid returns for Cup replay [9th Jan 2018]
   arrow   FA Cup fourth round draw [7th Jan 2018]
   arrow   21 years ago tonight... [18th Dec 2017]
   arrow   FA Cup third round draw: Hammers face Shrews [4th Dec 2017]
   arrow   Sullivan Jnr fires back - with Ladies invite [9th Oct 2017]
   arrow   It's Spurs in the Cup  [20th Sep 2017]

Your Comments

Please note that this section is for comments relating to the above news item only. Any off-topic or abusive posts will be removed. Posts including either links and/or foul language are automatically filtered and will not be published. To engage in further discussion on any of our news stories, visit the KUMB Forums.

Not a member of the KUMB Forums? You may register for free membership here.

by Dave
08:19PM 21st Apr 2012
''I know I should know this but what happens if WH win both and Southampton Draw and the GD is the same?''

comments powered by Disqus
News Image

On This Day ...

One Year Ago
Deadline passes, no Sakho return
Diafra Sakho is still some distance from featuring for the first team - des...more
Three Years Ago
The KUMB.com Podcast: with Jack Collison
The latest episode of the KUMB.com West Ham Podcast is available to download now......more
Five Years Ago
Allardyce disputes Carroll call
A naturally disappointed Sam Allardyce slammed referee Michael Oliver for ruling out what appeared t...more