Nolan hoping to pip Saints
West Ham captain Kevin Nolan is hoping for a helping hand from Coventry on Saturday as the Hammers look to pip Southampton to promotion.
Third-placed West Ham kept their automatic promotion hopes alive with a comeback 2-1 away win over Leicester on Monday night, with Jack Collison smashing in the winning goal just before the hour after Winston Reid had cancelled out Jermaine Beckford's opener.
The victory sees West Ham move to within two points of second-placed Southampton heading into Saturday's final day of the Championship, where the Hammers are at home to Hull and the Saints play host to second-bottom Coventry.
Nolan told Sky Sports 1: "We knew we had to put the pressure on Southampton. We're not expecting much on Saturday, but it was always positive for us to make sure that we kept our momentum going and our wins going.
"Hopefully Coventry can do us a favour on Saturday, but it will be a bit tougher for Southampton now. We didn't want to give it to them, we wanted to make them earn it. They've been great all season but let's see if they can get over the finishing line now."
If West Ham are to get second spot they will have to improve on their indifferent home form this season, where they have only won 10 times in 22 league matches so far.
That is in contrast to their away form, with Monday night's win being their 13th on their travels.
Nolan said following the victory: "We've been like that away from home all season, we're just disappointed with our home form, that's what's let us down.
"Winning the game was the most important so we could keep the winning momentum going. It's a fantastic achievement by this lot, we've got a young squad here and they are only going to get better and we're looking forward to Saturday.
"The pressure is on them (Southampton), they've got to win. Coventry have got nothing to play for so maybe they will be on their holidays, but hopefully they will go and put in a good performance and be professional about it and they can do us a favour and we can do our business.
"But it's down to us again, we've just got to make sure we win on Saturday and then when we come off see if it's enough."
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce said after the win: "We got exactly what we wanted tonight.
"It's a good night for us and of course we've stayed in the race until the very end, which is what we wanted and we have to do our job on Saturday and just hope that Coventry can do a little bit at Southampton and then we'll wait and see.
"It's one game left and who knows, if Southampton get the jitters or the nerves, or Coventry play with no fear because they've been relegated now, who knows, but we need to make sure we do our job and win against Hull.
"Whatever happens after that it's been a great season for us. Whether we go straight up, which is a slim chance, or whether we go in the play-offs, it's still been a very good season from the players and everybody concerned."