Sunderland game cost £6m and 3 places

sunderlandWest Ham’s away game against Sunderland cost the Hammers a cool £6m and an eighth-place finish in the Premier League table.

The Irons finished the 2016/2017 season in eleventh place yesterday on 45 points but just one point separated the next three places. West Brom finished in tenth place with 45 points on better goal difference than the Irons while Bournemouth finished ninth and Southampton eighth both on 46 points each.

Back in mid-April West Ham were leading the now relegated Sunderland 2-1 before an injury time equaliser by Fabio Borini denied the Hammers all three points.

Andre Ayew opened the scoring for the Hammers at that day, prodding past Jordan Pickford after a scuffed Andy Carroll volley fell to him in the penalty area. Sunderland levelled it up with Wahbi Khazri’s corner flying straight in for the Black Cats’ first goal in more than 11-and-a-half hours. James Collins headed in from a Robert Snodgrass corner to put West Ham in front add it looked that would be enough to win the game before Borini levelled spoiled the victory party in injury time.

A win over Sunderland last month would have meant West Ham would have finished in the eighth spot in the Premier League table with 47 points earning £25m in merit prize money.


About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

12 comments on “Sunderland game cost £6m and 3 places

  1. if my auntie had…

  2. I’m not sure this article holds any weight, and is perhaps just click-bait until you wait for any real news to materialise that is worth reporting. We could just as easily have lost to Spurs and ended up in 13th?!?

    Personally, after the season we’ve had, and with the highest injury count in the league, I think there’s an argument to say we’ve not done too badly. I don’t see it as the misery-inducing nightmare others do – I have at times this season, but not now – and think when everything is weighed up, Slav and the boys have done okay.

    The great news, is that everyone is back on 0 points and we have an interesting Summer to look forward to. COYI.

  3. Sorry sean but this post is pointless(no pun intended!).
    What if we hadn’t scored in the last minute at home to sunderland,we would have been two points worse off.
    Every team in the premiership could go though the season saying but if this and that hadn’t happened we would have had more points.

  4. Maybe my point was, there was nothing in it this season. Just two points separated the six places in the 8th to 13th positions. Just 1 point separated the four places in the 14th to 17th positions. There was not a lot to choose between 8th and 17th places.

    There were three leagues, the top seven which scored over 61 points.

    The middle league which scored between 40-46 points

    The relegation zone which scored 34 points or under.

    Oh and it is a slow news day 😉

    • Agree Sean there was nothing in it, there were some awful teams, Hull (pre Silva), Boro, Swansea (pre Clement) and Sunderland, some very average teams, everyone up until 8th, one average team that played well (Everton) Some slightly above average, Utd, City, Arsenal and Liverpool and two that were good in Tottenham and Chelsea. We don’t need a massive improvement in the squad to be able to consistently beat all of those in the bottom 18 (this season). This season had Payet not thrown his toys out, had the players been fitter and better trained we would have been competing for Champions League not mid table, when you know marginal gains can make huge differences our squad plus some quality additions are a fertile ground for big gains.

  5. What an odd article. Why pick that result over others? What if we have beat Sunderland 1-0 and drew with Spurs, that would have been more logical!

  6. Just stop producimg articles Sean the the miserable buggers will have nothing to moan about lol

  7. what did the Watford home game cost us then,
    if we hadn’t of lost all the games we did we could of won the league.
    Billic Out in that case,
    Daves out as well.
    In fact, after realising we failed to win the league,
    All out, every one, players management board

    • You right NIGEL, The headline should have read NOT WINNING 19 GAMES COST US THE LEAGUE

      We were 19 games away from the winning the league! We won 12 but if we could won 19 more we could have won the league on 31 wins

  8. I think you have a point young Nigel.We didnt win the league so heads must roll.A team with our rich history of title wins and top four finishes really shouldnt finish mid table lol

  9. With all due respect sean I don’t agree with you on this, we have thrown away games in the final few minutes in far too many. I would put clutching defeat in the jaws of victory at whl higher than Sunderland.
    The season was over 38 games & we weren’t good enough all season not just that one game, you could look at so many games where we just didn’t turn up & showed no fight. After watching the Chelski game last august I knew we were in for a long hard slog, even some ot the games we did manage to win we struggled.
    A season to forget asap

  10. The same can be said about the Watford game where we were cruising at 2-0 and a couple of stupid rabonas upset the Watford team and sparked them into life – in fact the same can be said for all dropped points – they all cost the Club money!

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