UK time is: 20:16:42
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Rival boss speaks on promotion push

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce had admitted that Southampton are near enough on the verge of the Championship title, while his team and Reading fight out the second spot.

It is turning out to be a three-horse race as we approach the final hurdle of the Championship season. Southampton find themselves top of the league with 78 points, nine points clear of West Ham in third. Reading occupy the second promotion spot, four points ahead of the Hammers.

Allardyce said: 'I think that's gone now. I can't see Southampton losing three or four on the trot for us to make up those points. We've slipped up, they haven't and credit to them because they have been there all season. If we deliver eight clean sheets in our last eight games, I think we'll go up automatically.'

'It's costing us dear, but we are still in with a shout if we turn the draws into victories. If I get a performance like the one at Burnley, I'm sure we can win at Peterborough. Then we play Reading on Saturday, and that's our chance to get back into second spot. But if we really want to get in among the automatic promotion side of it, we have to beat Peterborough.'


As Big Sam mentioned, his team face Peterborough tonight, which is their game in hand on the top two. The Posh were the team that ended Reading's fantastic winning run two weeks go when they beat the Royals 3-1. Just a draw in this game and a victory at the weekend would see West Ham jump above Reading into second spot in the Championship.

Join The Vital Debate




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Josh  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday March 27 2012

Time: 5:00PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Reading Articles

Boss reflects on good second half (Sunday January 25 2015)

Stats: Cardiff v Reading (Sunday January 25 2015)

Vital key man watch: Kenwyne Jones (Saturday January 24 2015)

Royston exit finally completed (Saturday January 24 2015)

Cardiff (A) Match Preview (Friday January 23 2015)

Team news: Cardiff vs Reading (Friday January 23 2015)

Busy day! Two signings for Royals (Thursday January 22 2015)

Boss hints at loan deals only (Thursday January 22 2015)

Archived Reading Articles

List All Vital Reading Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Fulham 2 - 1 Reading
Reading 0 - 0 Middlesbrough
Reading 2 - 1 Norwich
Brighton 2 - 2 Reading
Reading 0 - 1 Watford
Birmingham 6 - 1 Reading

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
15. Huddersfield 27 9 7 11 -10 34
16. Bolton 25 9 5 11 -4 32
17. Charlton 27 6 14 7 -10 32
18. Reading 26 8 6 12 -11 30
19. Brighton 27 6 11 10 -5 29
20. Leeds Utd 26 6 8 12 -11 26
21. Rotherham 26 5 11 10 -12 26

Breaking League News

Brentford : 25/01/2015 20:12:00
LUFC Latics interested in Leeds defender
Leeds Utd : 25/01/2015 20:00:00
Howe: Villa moments of quality decided the game
Bournemouth : 25/01/2015 19:26:00
Could We Go All The Way??
Blackburn : 25/01/2015 19:11:00
Paying The Price
Blackburn : 25/01/2015 19:10:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

When fully fit, who would you prefer up front?
Suggested By:  Josh
Glenn Murray 38%
Pavel Pogrebnyak 17%
Neither - buy a new striker in January 45%