Allardyce: we need a favour from Saints

SAM ALLARDYCE

SAM ALLARDYCE

First published in Sport

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has all but given up on the Championship title after a dramatic comeback against Birmingham earned his side a sixth draw in seven home matches.

Ricardo Vaz Te rescued a point for the Hammers, who were 3-1 down at half-time, with an 89th minute penalty.

But leaders Saints are now six points clear of the third-placed Irons with four games to go.

And Allardyce knows he needs the table-toppers to do his men a big favour by beating Reading at St Mary’s this Friday.

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9:35am Tue 10 Apr 12

rob the saint in NZ says...

Of course we want to & will beat Reading, but not for Fat Sam's benefit, purely so that we will be Champions.

Reading to finish 2nd & Brighton to win the Play Off Final.

COYR!!!
Of course we want to & will beat Reading, but not for Fat Sam's benefit, purely so that we will be Champions. Reading to finish 2nd & Brighton to win the Play Off Final. COYR!!! rob the saint in NZ
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9:40am Tue 10 Apr 12

olddellsaint says...

we will beat them (may be draw), but we also need Brighton to do us a favour by beating Reading tonight, (now that would be nice). but in the end we need no favour's from anybody because Saints will do it on merit alone.

COYR's
we will beat them (may be draw), but we also need Brighton to do us a favour by beating Reading tonight, (now that would be nice). but in the end we need no favour's from anybody because Saints will do it on merit alone. COYR's olddellsaint
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9:44am Tue 10 Apr 12

Bigrich1980 says...

would rather see reading and us go up than west ham - i also would love to win the title, but in all fairness couldnt care less where we finish as long as it is top two. Also the team that wins the title, normally struggles i nthe Prem, look at QPR compared to norwich and swansea.
would rather see reading and us go up than west ham - i also would love to win the title, but in all fairness couldnt care less where we finish as long as it is top two. Also the team that wins the title, normally struggles i nthe Prem, look at QPR compared to norwich and swansea. Bigrich1980
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11:13am Tue 10 Apr 12

Mush On The Beach says...

rob the saint in NZ wrote:
Of course we want to & will beat Reading, but not for Fat Sam's benefit, purely so that we will be Champions.

Reading to finish 2nd & Brighton to win the Play Off Final.

COYR!!!
I second that emotion and I think Hammers would wobble in the play-offs as well.
The positivity of the home crowd at St Marys has inspired the team, whereas the complete opposite effect of a critical support has transpired at West Ham
[quote][p][bold]rob the saint in NZ[/bold] wrote: Of course we want to & will beat Reading, but not for Fat Sam's benefit, purely so that we will be Champions. Reading to finish 2nd & Brighton to win the Play Off Final. COYR!!![/p][/quote]I second that emotion and I think Hammers would wobble in the play-offs as well. The positivity of the home crowd at St Marys has inspired the team, whereas the complete opposite effect of a critical support has transpired at West Ham Mush On The Beach
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11:20am Tue 10 Apr 12

Bobinedzell says...

No favour from us Sam. Prefer Birmingham to win play offs
No favour from us Sam. Prefer Birmingham to win play offs Bobinedzell
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11:43am Tue 10 Apr 12

mack chinnon says...

Taxi for Allardyce.
Taxi for Allardyce. mack chinnon
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11:47am Tue 10 Apr 12

Tirau Dan says...

Big Fat Sam will get the sack after failing to make the play play off final. Our dear friends in Brighton will win the play offs and give our respective fans a cheap day out in the South, We will all be cheering them on like good mates when they play the Mancs and Scousers etc.. None of us will ever call them naughty names again and we'll buy Brighton fans drinks when we meet them... all they have to do is Beat Reading and Beat Wetsham... I'm a Brighton Fan ... well for a bit anyway :)
Big Fat Sam will get the sack after failing to make the play play off final. Our dear friends in Brighton will win the play offs and give our respective fans a cheap day out in the South, We will all be cheering them on like good mates when they play the Mancs and Scousers etc.. None of us will ever call them naughty names again and we'll buy Brighton fans drinks when we meet them... all they have to do is Beat Reading and Beat Wetsham... I'm a Brighton Fan ... well for a bit anyway :) Tirau Dan
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11:51am Tue 10 Apr 12

randre says...

Bigrich1980 wrote:
would rather see reading and us go up than west ham - i also would love to win the title, but in all fairness couldnt care less where we finish as long as it is top two. Also the team that wins the title, normally struggles i nthe Prem, look at QPR compared to norwich and swansea.
Correct. However, I think the main problem with QPR is they ripped apart much of the team that got them promotion and replaced them with many so called "premier experienced" players (e.g Barton). Whilst Swansea and Norwich kept the faith with much of what they had and just added some quality strength in key areas. I hope this is what Saints do, and I am sure they will (should we go up)! Whilst many of the pessimists will point at our wobbles at times and say "we would not survive in the prem with this team", if you look, Norwich had a few similar wobbles last year, and they are doing superb with the majority of the team unchanged.
[quote][p][bold]Bigrich1980[/bold] wrote: would rather see reading and us go up than west ham - i also would love to win the title, but in all fairness couldnt care less where we finish as long as it is top two. Also the team that wins the title, normally struggles i nthe Prem, look at QPR compared to norwich and swansea.[/p][/quote]Correct. However, I think the main problem with QPR is they ripped apart much of the team that got them promotion and replaced them with many so called "premier experienced" players (e.g Barton). Whilst Swansea and Norwich kept the faith with much of what they had and just added some quality strength in key areas. I hope this is what Saints do, and I am sure they will (should we go up)! Whilst many of the pessimists will point at our wobbles at times and say "we would not survive in the prem with this team", if you look, Norwich had a few similar wobbles last year, and they are doing superb with the majority of the team unchanged. randre
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12:42pm Tue 10 Apr 12

Southseachris says...

Allardyce is not as stupid as some of you may think. He knows full well his team are not out of it by any means, especially given their second half performance last night. Yes they still have it all to do but then both us and Reading have some tricky games ahead.

As Sir Alex would be the first to agree, mind games at this stage of the season should never be ignored and with 12 points still up for grabs nothing is definite until the maths say so.
Allardyce is not as stupid as some of you may think. He knows full well his team are not out of it by any means, especially given their second half performance last night. Yes they still have it all to do but then both us and Reading have some tricky games ahead. As Sir Alex would be the first to agree, mind games at this stage of the season should never be ignored and with 12 points still up for grabs nothing is definite until the maths say so. Southseachris
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1:15pm Tue 10 Apr 12

St Retford says...

I know this is just a figure of speech and he's not actually asking us to do them a favour, but it's a bit of a rich turn of phrase given he bought a player from Pompey he had no intention of playing purely to cling on to the points they gained from beating them. It seemed a little underhand.
I know this is just a figure of speech and he's not actually asking us to do them a favour, but it's a bit of a rich turn of phrase given he bought a player from Pompey he had no intention of playing purely to cling on to the points they gained from beating them. It seemed a little underhand. St Retford
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4:34pm Tue 10 Apr 12

Bwana23 says...

If West Ham lose any of their last 4 games we only need 3 points but 4 would be nice
If West Ham lose any of their last 4 games we only need 3 points but 4 would be nice Bwana23
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6:08pm Tue 10 Apr 12

NicolaTheDon says...

Watched every minute of the West hoof game last night, an incredibly exciting game, would have been really enjoyable if i was a neutral but terrifying wanting Brum to hold on, whu just by-passed the midfield second half but to be fair it did look like they would score everytime they went forward (which almost prompted severall cardiac arrests), and although he can have moments of magic, i'm glad we didn't get Maynard, looked lazy and stroppy, he went for the money. We got Billy who i think is the exact oppisite for a fraction of the prize. An example of good, patient business from us. Can't wait for Friday..coyr
Watched every minute of the West hoof game last night, an incredibly exciting game, would have been really enjoyable if i was a neutral but terrifying wanting Brum to hold on, whu just by-passed the midfield second half but to be fair it did look like they would score everytime they went forward (which almost prompted severall cardiac arrests), and although he can have moments of magic, i'm glad we didn't get Maynard, looked lazy and stroppy, he went for the money. We got Billy who i think is the exact oppisite for a fraction of the prize. An example of good, patient business from us. Can't wait for Friday..coyr NicolaTheDon
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6:18pm Tue 10 Apr 12

batesieboy says...

Bwana23 wrote:
If West Ham lose any of their last 4 games we only need 3 points but 4 would be nice
No, Bwana, TWELVE would be nice! I'm not greedy. But I do encourage you guys to take our magic 3-1 win which is showing at 16-1 against Reading. That might pay for your end-of season party!
[quote][p][bold]Bwana23[/bold] wrote: If West Ham lose any of their last 4 games we only need 3 points but 4 would be nice[/p][/quote]No, Bwana, TWELVE would be nice! I'm not greedy. But I do encourage you guys to take our magic 3-1 win which is showing at 16-1 against Reading. That might pay for your end-of season party! batesieboy
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6:34pm Tue 10 Apr 12

City Saint says...

Saints, Reading and Brighton to go up. You know it makes sense.
Saints, Reading and Brighton to go up. You know it makes sense. City Saint
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6:56pm Tue 10 Apr 12

NicolaTheDon says...

Had a bit of spare time last night so worked out that if West Ham win all there games (this wasn't that hard to work out) they finish on 88 points. We're currently on 82 with a goal difference 11 better. So 6 points should be enough..chances are West Ham will not win all of their games so if they win 3 and draw one they finish on 86, so that could be one win and one draw..tough game against reading but peterborough is definetly winnable especially as they dont really have anything to play for, Coventry at home on paper should be a walk over but they'll be playing for their lives so you never know. One thing is for sure it's not going to be boring. COYR
Had a bit of spare time last night so worked out that if West Ham win all there games (this wasn't that hard to work out) they finish on 88 points. We're currently on 82 with a goal difference 11 better. So 6 points should be enough..chances are West Ham will not win all of their games so if they win 3 and draw one they finish on 86, so that could be one win and one draw..tough game against reading but peterborough is definetly winnable especially as they dont really have anything to play for, Coventry at home on paper should be a walk over but they'll be playing for their lives so you never know. One thing is for sure it's not going to be boring. COYR NicolaTheDon
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3:14am Thu 12 Apr 12

dickemery says...

sam needs a miracle to stay in his job
sam needs a miracle to stay in his job dickemery
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