The Hammers are back in the top half of the Premier league table after claiming a hard-fought victory at Southampton this afternoon, and the win at St Mary’s stadium becomes the third of their last four games away from home.
West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has said that he is extremely proud of his players and their achievement after they qualified for the play-offs.
West Ham were one of the favourites to get the automatic promotion spot this season, but their poor form in the last few months has meant that they have conceded the first two places to Southampton and Reading.
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.
A narrow one goal win was enough for West Ham United to go level on points with leaders Southampton in the Championship. Even though West Ham United have played a game more than Southampton, this is a crucial advantage for Sam Allardyce's men.
The 1-0 win against Barnsley will take them to 43 points from 22 matches, while Southampton also have the same points tally but from 21 matches. Papa Bouba Diop is usually known for his defensive abilities, but he turned out to be the unlikeliest of scorers for West Ham United.
West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce is being linked with a cameo role in a movie next year, though it seems that he is much more effective at managing the club!