West Ham’s Sam Allardyce eyes Saints win to secure top-flight status
West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce wants his side to beat Southampton and secure their top-flight status for another term
Sam Allardyce has challenged West Ham United to end Southampton’s three-game winning run and secure their Premier League status for another season.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side were emphatic 2-0 winners against Reading on Saturday, before the Hammers managed to hold free-scoring Liverpool to a goalless draw at Anfield the following day.
Allardyce’s men can reach the 40-point mark with victory at St Mary’s this weekend, and the West Ham boss is hoping his side will produce another resolute performance to deny the Saints a fourth successive win.
“They will be full of confidence. The fans will be expecting to beat us, there’s no doubt about that, after they’ve just beaten Liverpool and Chelsea at home,” said Allardyce.
“I think we’ll just be the next step on the ladder for them to beat. I thought the Liverpool fans probably thought they were turning up and going to beat us last week, so we’ll hopefully spoil Southampton’s party as well.”
The Hammers were the last team to get relegated with 40 points or more in 2003, but Allardyce is confident that such a figure would be sufficient to secure their place in the top-flight next season.
“If we win it, I think we’ll be safe,” he added.
“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.
“Over the 20-odd years there are only a few cases of teams going down with 40 but it has been a long time since that was actually the case.”