West Ham’s Kevin Nolan hoping for favour from Coventry

Leicester v West Ham 1-2

BBC Sport

West Ham came from behind to beat Leicester on Monday and take their battle with Southampton for automatic promotion to the Premier League to the final day. The Foxes led when Ben Marshall’s cross was headed home by Jermaine Beckford but five minutes later Winston Reid prodded home a leveller from Matty Taylor’s centre. And Jack Collison scored the Hammers’ winner, firing home from 25 yards.

West Ham are two points behind the Saints going into the final day. The Hammers need to beat Hull City on Saturday (12:30) and hope that Southampton lose to relegated Coventry. If the Saints draw, West Ham would need to win by three or four goals against Hull - depending on how many goals the Saints score (which have a superior goal difference, having scored 81-46 and West Ham 79-47 so far).

West Ham captain Kevin Nolan (pic; BBC) hopes relegated Coventry can do his side a favour in the automatic promotion race.

The Hammers must beat Hull which has already lost the race for a play-off spot,  and hope Southampton drop points at home to the Sky Blues to have a chance of finishing in second place in the Championship.

The 29-year-old told BBC London 94.9: “The main thing for us was to take it to the final day. We are asking Coventry to do us a massive favour.

Kevin Nolan: “We’re really hoping Coventry go there and give them a good game.”

After beating Leicester 2-1 on Monday, West Ham are now two points behind Southampton in the table.

A win for West Ham coupled with a defeat for Saints on Saturday would seal an immediate return to the top flight.

If the Saints draw, West Ham would need to win by a margin of three or four goals – depending on how many Southampton score – to clinch promotion.

“It’s going to be tough on Southampton,” Nolan added. “There are expectations on Southampton to win but hopefully Coventry will give us something to play for”

“Hopefully when they put that shirt on on Saturday it’ll be a little bit heavier as there are expectations on them to win the game. Hopefully Coventry will give us something to play for.

“The main thing is making sure we win our game.

“No matter what happens, we’ve got momentum going into the end of the season and maybe into the play-offs.”

Irons boss Sam Allardyce added: “I’m fearing I’ll have to tell the players to go out and win 3-0 or 4-0 and hope Southampton slip up.

“We might need that margin because we’d be absolutely gutted if Southampton end up drawing, we don’t score enough goals and end up staying in the play-offs on goal difference.”

West Ham            V        Hull             Sat 28 Apr         12:30 (BST)

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