West Ham United v Reading: Match Preview

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James Tomkins poses the only injury concern to West Ham with manager Sam Allardyce set to name a starting line-up, which should house Andy Carroll in his final match before returning to Liverpool.

Jimmy Kebe and Jason Roberts are the only absentee’s for Reading as they prepare to bow out of the Premier League after just one season.

Sam Allardyce…“We split the season up into phases and we thought that our maximum ask this year, if everything went according to plan, would be 10th in the Premier League. We have tried everything to reach it and aimed for that. If you say: ‘come on, we can finish sixth’, they just know that’s going to be a tall order. Tenth was our maximum which means I think we’ve overachieved this year.”

Nigel Adkins… “I think we already have finished on a high note. Over the last seven or eight weeks there’s been a good progression from what we’ve wanted to do. The players are in a good state of mind, looking forward there’s a lot of belief about what we’re doing for the future.  We’ve got a driving ambition, we want to be back in the Barclays Premier League. The players are well aware of what’s going to be required of them next season and there’s a feel good factor about the place.”

Match Statistic: 39% of Reading’s goals have come in the final 15 minutes of games this season – the highest in the Premier League.

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