West Ham boss: We must focus on ourselves only

09:29 27 April 2012

Time to pray - West Ham boss Sam Allardyce

Time to pray - West Ham boss Sam Allardyce

PA Wire/Press Association Images

Hammers boss insists his players will be concentrating on their task in hand

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has insisted that his players will only be focusing on their jobs and not on matters elsewhere on the final day of the Championship season.

The Hammers entertain Hull City tomorrow lunchtime knowing that they must win 3-0 and hope that Southampton slip-up at home to already-relegated Coventry City to stand any chance of clinching the final automatic promotion spot.

And the 57-year-old Upton Park chief is drawing inspiration from Tuesday night’s Champions League action to prove that anything can happen in football.

“It is a slim chance for us, I think that most of the pressure lies with Southampton now,” he said.

“They have got more to lose than we have because our chances are slim.

“We have to rely on Coventry doing us a big favour at St Mary’s which is difficult, but you never know.

“I mean Chelsea were 2-0 down with 10 men against Barcelona, I don’t think anyone would have bet on them getting through and they did.

“Anything can happen under the pressures of a final game of the season, when there are twists and turns along the way.

“If they are in our favour then we have to be in the position to take advantage of it.

“Winning is all that is about for us – 3-0 or more – which is a big ask.

“It’s up to the players to only focus on beating Hull City.

“We will handle it as maturely and as professionally as we did against Leicester and produce that type of performance.”

Coventry make the trip to St Mary’s on the back of two straight defeats and without a win in their last give games, as well as only recording just one victory away from home all season.

However, Allardyce feels that the Sky Blues could enjoy playing with the freedom of knowing that they are already relegated and surprise the Saints.

“Everyone will look at Coventry’s away record and see that it hasn’t been that great, so a win is unlikely,” he said.

“I think if we are going to get a result from Coventry a draw is as much as we can ask for.

“Anything better than a draw from Coventry would be a fantastic result for us.

“A really good result would be a draw. A miraculous result would be a victory.”

With both the games at St Mary’s and Upton Park kicking off at 12.30pm, Allardyce revealed that he will be kept up to date with what is happening on the south coast, but believes the fans will also play their part in letting him know the current state of affairs.

“I will have someone with a direct line, but with the technology we have today I am sure that the crowd will know before me,” he said.

“We will get a lot of encouragement from the crowd, but if Southampton get in front, I imagine Upton Park will go quiet naturally.

“If we get the right roar, we will know what the score is before I get the message, but focusing on ourselves, we will have to try and emulate the type of start we had against Brighton to give ourselves a fighting chance and that is all we can do.”

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest West Ham news

Thursday, May 28, 2015
Jose Mourinho manager of Chelsea  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Chelsea’s dominance in the Premier League this season owes much to Jose Mourinho’s pragmatic approach, and specifically to a defence led expertly all season by his ever-present captain, John Terry.

Thursday, May 28, 2015
West Ham United's Carlton Cole (left) and Everton's John Stones battle for the ball

West Ham striker Carlton Cole confirmed on Twitter that he will be leaving the Hammers when his contract expires.

Thursday, May 28, 2015
Mauro Zarate and Modibo Maiga (Images by PA)

West Ham co-owner David Gold says Mauro Zarate and Modibo Maiga will be back at the club for pre-season training.

Thursday, May 28, 2015
Unai Emery, coach of Sevilla (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Sevilla coach Unai Emery declared himself “very happy here” after guiding the Andalusian outfit to Europa League glory, but will make a decision on his future after talks with club officials “in a couple of days’ time”.

Thursday, May 28, 2015
Marcelo Bielsa   (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Marseille have offered manager Marcelo Bielsa a bumper new two-year deal to prevent the experienced boss jumping ship this summer.

What is this?

Near You Now

Competitions

The sell out 2014 event 32 Londoners, returns to the Coca-Cola London Eye!

The Coca-Cola London Eye is proud to announce that 32 Londoners will be returning this June, following last year’s sell out event. The event will feature 32 talks, in each of the London Eye’s 32 capsules on 32 extraordinary Londoners.

Read more
You could take in stunning views of London over brunch at the Sky Garden

Celebrate lighter, brighter days with the chance of winning an indulgent brunch for two with a bottle of bubbles at Darwin, the cool and casual brasserie 36 floors up at Sky Garden.

Read more
Time to experience the dizzy heights of London's tallest attraction!

Morgan Pryce, commercial property experts based in London are offering one lucky reader the chance to win a pair of tickets to The Shard viewing platform in the city itself.

Read more

Don't Miss...

West Ham Transfer News

Raheem Sterling of Liverpool goes past Mathieu Flamini of Arsenal (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

With only the FA Cup final left to go this season, most clubs are now on their holiday’s preparing for next term already. Transfers are the name of the game until then and here is our handy Thursday round-up.

Read more
Chelsea's Petr Cech attempts a save against Arsenal  (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

The season is almost over, with the FA Cup final bringing the curtain down next weekend, so clubs all around the capital, country and Europe are now looking at summer transfer deals. Here is our handy Tuesday round-up.

Read more
Jackson Martinez of FC Porto battles with Dante and Jerome Boateng of Bayern Munich (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

The Premier League season is over but silly season has just begun. Here are the latest transfer rumours from around the web.

Read more
Gonzalo Higuain and Rafa Benitez

Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain reportedly had a furious confrontation with manager Rafa Benitez after their 3-1 defeat to Juventus on Saturday.

Read more