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    rob the saint in NZ wrote:
    Can't quite believe that we are almost there, just two short seasons ago we were bumping along near the bottom of League 1, & here we are on the verge of the Premier League! Last season's run-in was brilliant & nerve wracking enough, but this is something else! Haven't wanted to be home so much as I do now to see the last few games & celebrate at SMS on the 28th! It was great & spine tingling to hear our 6000 at Palace in the early hours (local time) in such fine voice & ruling the roost, & Rickie banging them in again. Roll on Saturday morning at 6.45am for a breakfast delight & a rip roaring game at SMS for what is virually the Championship title decider - can't wait! WE ARE GOING UP!!!
    and rob i will be there too..... all the way from sydney oz, and in southampton ..... the 28th cant come quick enough either
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Hammers hang on with a point

Nigel Adkins - waiting game

Nigel Adkins - waiting game

First published in Sport

Ricardo Vaz Te’s dramatic penalty leveller for West Ham tonight ensured Saints will have to wait a bit longer to celebrate promotion.

Vaz Te converted an 89th minute spot-kick to give the Hammers a 3-3 draw at home to Birmingham – after they had trailed 3-1 with 20 minutes left.

Had West Ham lost to the Blues, Saints would have moved 10 points ahead of them by beating Reading at St Mary’s on Friday night.

Nigel Adkins’ men would then be celebrating promotion had the Hammers then lost at home to Brighton the following day.

As it is, even if Saints beat Reading and West Ham lose to Brighton, Saints will be nine points ahead of the Hammers with three games left - and boasting a superior goal difference.

But mathematically, they would not be assured of promotion prior to next Tuesday’s visit to Peterborough.

The best Palace v Saints coverage is in tomorrow’s Daily Echo.

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