Premier League title race: West Ham will try and 'spoil the Manchester City party' because 'everyone wants Liverpool to win it'

The Hammers must beat Manchester City if Liverpool are to stand any chance of claiming the title

Simon Rice
Friday 09 May 2014 16:24
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce wants to be the party pooper
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce wants to be the party pooper

Sam Allardyce says West Ham will do everything to beat Manchester City on Sunday because "everyone would like to see Liverpool win it".

Manchester City need just a point to be sure of winning their title in six years, but if they lose to West Ham at the Etihad and Liverpool win their game at Anfield against Newcastle, the Reds will be crowned champions.

West Ham have little to play for having already secured Premier League football for another season. Yet Allardyce insists that won't mean they will roll over.

"From a neutral's point of view I think everybody would like to see Liverpool win it, and from a personal point of view I'd like to see Steven Gerrard win it," said the West Ham manager.

"It's the last thing for him which he hasn't quite achieved at Liverpool. He's been a one club man all his life. Obviously they've let it slip out of their hands. They had it to take, but they've now left it in the hands of Manchester City.

"We all know Man City in full cry are very difficult to play against. We've got to go out there and give a fantastic performance to stop them trying to grasp the title on that day."

West Ham's record against Manuel Pellegrini's side this season is terrible. They've played them three times, conceding 12 goals in the process, including a 9-0 aggregate drubbing in the Capital One Cup semi-finals. Allardyce is well aware of the task facing his side on Sunday.

"Of course that will be hugely difficult - this is the best team at home in the league. They've only lost once, against Chelsea, their goal record is fantastic and they've got great, great players."

He continued: "So every player on top of his form, every player can go out and give everything they've got from the basis we're already in the Premier League next season.

"Let's try and spoil Manchester City's party."

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