24 Apr 2012

Hammers still alive for automatic promotion

11:41 am on 24 April 2012

The London football side West Ham is still in a place for automatic promotion to the English Premier League after coming from behind to win 2-1 away to Leicester.

All White defender Winston Reid scored the opener for the Hammers.

The Hammers had to take all three points otherwise Southampton would have been assured of the second and final automatic promotion spot behind already crowned Championship winners Reading.

West Ham are two points behind the Saints going into this weekend's final day.

The London club need to beat Hull City on the final day and hope Southampton lose to relegated Coventry.

If the Saints draw, West Ham will need to win by three or four goals - depending on how many Southampton score - to clinch promotion.

Teams that finish third, fourth, fifth and sixth in the regular Championship season will then enter the playoffs, which culminate in a Wembley final for the prize of the third and last promotion place in the lucrative Premier League.

West Ham are looking to bounce straight back to the top flight following their relegation at the end of the 2010/11 season while it is seven years since south coast side Southampton last played in the Premier League.