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Allardyce: Pressure now on Saints

SAM Allardyce is hoping that Southampton crack under the pressure after his West Ham side took the race for automatic promotion from the Champion-ship to the final day of the season.

The Hammers came from behind to beat Leicester 2-1 at the King Power Stadium to move to within two points of second-placed Saints, who remain favourites to follow champions Reading into the Premier League.

But at least Allardyce's men have made the south coast club earn their reward on the pitch at home to relegated Coventry on Saturday lunchtime.

"I think that under the pressure and under the circumstances it was a fantastic victory, especially as we had to come from behind -- and Jack Collison's winning goal was a cracker," said Allardyce, whose side finish the campaign against Hull at Upton Park.

"We delivered after putting ourselves under pressure and there is light at end of tunnel.

"It is a good night and we have stayed in the race, which is what we wanted, and now we have got to do our job and hope that Southampton get the jitters and Coventry can do us a favour.

"If we get that then we have got to make sure we deliver with a good victory."

The Foxes had led when Ben Marshall's cross was headed home in the 35th minute by Jermaine Beckford, but Winston Reid equalised five minutes later before Collison struck halfway through the second half.


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