Hammers aiming for 40 points

Sam Allardyce has challenged his West Ham team to all but secure safety with victory at Southampton on Saturday.

Last Updated: 12/04/13 at 15:52 Post Comment

Sam Allardyce: Confident of Hammers' survival

Sam Allardyce: Confident of Hammers' survival

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has challenged his team to all but secure Barclays Premier League safety with victory at Southampton on Saturday.

The Hammers moved on to 37 points following last weekend's battling goalless draw at Liverpool and to within touching distance of the benchmark which usually sees teams avoid the drop.

While West Ham may have gone down in 2003 despite amassing some 42 points, Allardyce believes given the battles below them in the table, just one more win should be enough to retain top-flight status.

"I know mathematically people will say we can still be caught and somebody could still overtake us, but I find it difficult to believe that anybody would," Allardyce said.

"Over the 20-odd years (of the Premier League) there are only a few cases of teams going down with 40 (or more), but it has been a long time since that was actually the case."

Midfielder Gary O'Neil feels the players have what it takes to get the required result tomorrow and then to push on up the table.

Speaking to West Ham TV, O'Neill said: "We are looking for one more win and hopefully it can come this week.

"I don't think we're counting ourselves as safe yet because we're only six points above the bottom three.

"It is not completely done and dusted but we're looking to hit as many points as we can anyway - we are not going to get to 40 and stop.

"We are going to push on from there and try to get into the high 40s if we can."

Former Portsmouth player O'Neill added: "Southampton are in great form and they have had some fantastic results at home - I think they have beaten Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool at home recently so it will be a tough game because they've got some good players.

"However, our away form has picked up with a win at Stoke and draw at Anfield after five straight defeats on the road. Hopefully our improved form can continue."

At one point it looked like Southampton would struggle to stay clear of the relegation battle. However, successive home wins over Liverpool and Chelsea followed by a win at Reading have moved Mauricio Pochettino's men swiftly away from danger and level on points with the Hammers, but a place higher because of goal difference.

It is a run of positive results from attacking football which has impressed Allardyce.

He said: "At home, we all want to use a pressing game because it creates a much more active and quicker game that fans want to see. They don't want to see us playing with a slow tempo and a slow build up in the Premier League.

"Certainly when you're the home team the emphasis is on you, so actually pressing high up the pitch is a good way to get the players on a high tempo and then of course get the fans cheering for the team."

Allardyce has to decide whether to recall Andy Carroll after the on-loan forward was not available for selection against his parent club last weekend.

The Hammers boss, however, knows Southampton present plenty of attacking problems themselves.

"(Rickie) Lambert and (Jay) Rodriguez without a doubt, and (Adam) Lallana if he plays, all three of them have mastered the challenge of the Premier League brilliantly," he said.

"Lambert has been doing it right from the very start. He has scored goals in every division he has played in now, which is a magnificent achievement.

"Rodriguez, of course, having had time to settle from Burnley, has shown the sort of goalscoring form that he managed before.

"Lallana has always been a good player in my eyes so that's a very dangerous front three, so we will need to be as good defensively as were against Liverpool."


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

think Finnegans Wake would have been a better reference point than Ulysses. Far more rambling and incomprehensible.

debra2927
Football People On TV: Garth Crooks

I

f I recall correctly, Degsy predicted a 100/1 shot correctly the week after his 150/1 Blackpool 4 - 3 Bolton call. I stuck a fiver on it as an idle bet. Paid for a stag do in Munich. Heady days...

baldini
Backing Hull To Beat United 2-1...

R

odgers prefers Joe Allen to Lucas? If this is true then I'm setting aside a fortnight to finally learn the rules of American Football and I'll give up on real football.

godzilla
The Jammy Gossip

Footer 365

Jose Mourinho eyes Premier League title defence with new additions

Jose Mourinho will freshen up his Chelsea squad with new faces as the club look to defend their Premier League title next season.

Hull suffer Premier League relegation as Newcastle beat West Ham

Hull City suffered relegation on a goal-laden final day in the Premier League after Newcastle secured a 2-0 victory over West Ham.

Hull 0-0 Manchester United: Steve Bruce's men suffer final-day relegation

Hull City were relegated from the Premier League after they drew 0-0 with Manchester United, who had Marouane Fellaini sent off.

Mail Box

Only One Real Manager Of The Year

Winning the Premier League with the best squad in the Premier League is only par; Ronald Koeman did a whole lot better. Plus, the last word on Raheem and...

Don't Slate Sterling For Ambition...

Raheem Sterling deserves credit for his desire to quit Liverpool, according to one mailboxer. Also: why football should not be compared to business and Degsy's latest spot of bother...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company