Southampton 1 West Ham 1: Sam Allardyce upbeat after draw

Southampton 1 West Ham 1: Sam Allardyce says his side were "more than comfortable" after Andy Carroll earns visitors a point

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Sam Allardyce felt his side were “more than comfortable” after Andy Carroll’s equaliser earned his West Ham side a valuable point at Southampton.

Summer signing Gaston Ramirez fired the home side into the lead at St Mary’s in the 59th minute after his initial strike was blocked.

But Carroll, on loan from Liverpool, brought the east London side level seven minutes later with a free-kick struck low under the wall.

The point keeps West Ham in 12th place in the Premier League table and moves them seven points clear of the relegation zone with six games left to play.

And the Hammers boss was upbeat over his side’s survival hopes after Saturday’s draw.

“In the end I thought we were more than comfortable,” said Allardyce.

“Away goals have been our problem all season and we again created some simple chances which we didn’t convert.

“There are six games left, we have 38 points and are in a nice position in the league. We have four games at home, two away, and our home form has been good this season.

“We should finish strongly, see how many points we can pick up and see where we can finish. I can’t see us losing six on the trot with the way the lads are playing.”

Allardyce also revealed that he is close to penning a new deal but is waiting to secure West Ham’s Premier League status before signing, with the Hammers set to host Manchester United on Wednesday.

“When it is all tied up we want to put pen to paper and then we can move on with next season,” he added.

“I will have a chat with the owners and hopefully by the end of the week I would have secured our future.”

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