Allardyce hopes Chelsea defiance in Barcelona can inspire West Ham
07:46 GMT, 27 April 2012
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is drawing inspiration from Chelsea's Champions League heroics as he targets a final-day push for promotion.
The third-placed Hammers head into Saturday's home clash with Hull knowing even victory will not be enough to secure their passage out of the npower Championship if Southampton beat relegated Coventry to claim the second automatic spot.
Going up: Sam Allardyce hopes his side can secure automatic promotion
Even a draw might see the Saints, who are
two points better off than Allardyce's men with a marginally better
goal difference, over the finishing line, although having seen 10-man
Chelsea cancel out a 2-0 deficit against Barcelona to reach the
Champions League final, he has not given up all hope.
'Most of the pressure lies with Southampton on the day,' he said. 'They have really got more to lose than we have because our chances are slim. We have to rely on Coventry doing a big performance and a big favour for us at St Mary's, which is difficult.
'But you never know – 2-0 down, Chelsea, with 10 men against Barcelona, I don't think anyone would have bet on them getting through, and I think even the same with Bayern Munich at 2-0 down.
Pure delight: Chelsea produced one of the great European performances to dump Barcelona out of the Champions League against all odds
'But they did. Anything can happen. Under the pressures of a final game of the season when teams are trying to get promoted, there can be a twist and a turn along the way.
He add to West Ham TV: 'If there is and it's in our favour, we have got to be in a position from our point of view to take full advantage of it.'
Southampton blew the chance to end their seven-year exile from the top flight last Saturday evening when they were beaten 2-1 at Middlesbrough.
However, a stadium record crowd of more than 32,300 is expected to turn up tomorrow ready to acclaim their impending return to the big time.