Tomkins keeps promotion dream alive

Sun, 22 Apr 14:46:34 2012

James Tomkins insists West Ham must enter Monday's npower Championship clash with Leicester believing they can still clinch automatic promotion.

The third-placed Hammers have to take advantage of Southampton's defeat to Middlesbrough to ensure the promotion race goes to the final weekend of the season.

If Sam Allardyce's men fail to win at the King Power Stadium then Southampton's place in the Barclays Premier League will be confirmed, leaving West Ham to negotiate the play-offs and even if West Ham win they will need to beat Hull at Upton Park next Saturday and hope relegated Coventry do them a favour against the Saints.

"We are still confident," the defender told the club's official website. "I think our away record has been really good this year and our home form, as we showed the other day [in beating Brighton 6-0], is definitely better as well.

"We go into games confident. We're disappointed [to be in this position] but we're still positive. Of course we can go into the play-offs and win them. It's not the end of the world.

"We will concentrate on the rest of the season first, though, because it's still mathematically possible that we could go up automatically. We just have to concentrate on that."


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