Play-Offs casting their shadow over last week of the season

Having drawn their game against Bristol City on Tuesday (1-1) the Hammers have virtually lost out on one of the automatic promotion spots. Now West Ham’s immediate return to the Premier League depends on the Championship play-offs, of which the semi-finals are played on Thursday, 3 May, and Monday, 7 May, 2012. As the Hammer’s can’t be leapfrogged in the Championship table by any of the teams behind them, they will play the first semi-final leg away from home and the second tie will take place at the Boleyn on Monday, 7 May. If the Hammers make the final their most important game of the season will be played at Wembley on 19 May.

The Hammers have two games left, on Monday against Leicester away and Saturday next week against Hull at the Boleyn in east London.

West Ham, being 5 points adrift of Southampton which are holding the second automatic promotion spot behind Reading, would have to win both remaining games and be done a favour by Southampton’s last opponents of the season, Middlesbrough (A) and Coventry (H), if they want to achieve automatic promotion to the PL. Under these circumstances automatic promotion is very unlikely for the east London outfit.

But still we keep the faith and hope – no we are sure! - that West Ham will gain promotion via the play-offs in May!

We’re forever blowing bubbles!
Come on you Irons!

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