West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has said that the hopes of his club finishing in the automatic promotion spots are all but over after his side saw Southampton build a five point advantage in the table.
Only two games remain in the Championship this season and Sam Allardyce believes that it would be almost impossible for West Ham to finish in the second position.
West Ham United lost more ground in the race for finishing top of the Championship after they could only manage a draw against rivals Doncaster.
All the top teams in the Championship have been suffering a poor form of late, which has allowed teams from the play-offs position to catch them.
Reading have been one of the most impressive of the teams in the play-offs position, as they have managed five victories on the bounce. They are now level on points with West Ham United after Sam Allardyce's men could only draw against Doncaster Rovers during the weekend.