Sam Allardyce hopes Coventry beat Southampton

Allardyce relying on Crazy Gang spirit from Coventry to win promotion

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23:36 GMT, 27 April 2012

Sam Allardyce hopes Coventry can recreate the Crazy Gang spirit to help save their automatic promotion dream.

West Ham are reliant on the Sky Blues – whose relegation into League One has already been confirmed – causing a shock at second-placed Southampton.

And Allardyce hopes Coventry manager Andy Thorn, who played for Wimbledon, can instil some of the old Plough Lane character to aid their quest for an instant Premier League return.

Lord of the dance: Sam Allardyce, then Coventry City footballer, now West Ham manager

Lord of the dance: Sam Allardyce, then Coventry City footballer, now West Ham manager

'I think Andy Thorn will tell his players that this is a game they can go out on a high with,' said the Hammers boss.

'There's going to be 32,000 people at St Mary's and they are going to create an unbelievable atmosphere. And I think you can imagine what Andy Thorn will be like, with his Wimbledon background.

Fighting chance: West Ham kept alive their hopes of promotion with a win at Leicester in midweek

Fighting chance: West Ham kept alive their hopes of promotion with a win at Leicester in midweek

Almost there: Southampton are still in pole position to be promoted ahead of West Ham

Almost there: Southampton are still in pole position to be promoted ahead of West Ham

'You could almost envisage him wanting to be out there himself because they knew how to spoil someone's celebrations during the Wimbledon days.

'I hope he can pass some of that onto his players and they can deliver that type of performance.'

Down and out: Coventry have already been relegated from the Championship

Down and out: Coventry have already been relegated from the Championship

He added: 'I will have someone with a direct feed who will tell me what's happening in the Southampton game. But with today's technology the crowd will tell us what's happening anyway.

'It will be an interesting game and we want one of those final day twists to go in our favour.'