Boro Blow It As Others Handed Them A Lifeline!

Last updated : 25 May 2009 By Boro Mad
We hoped for Newcastle and Hull to lose, and that happened, but once again we could help ourselves after others gave us an opportunity.

Boro needed a big victory and for results to go their way but they failed to do their part, with Junior Stanislas' weak shot sneaking past Jones for the winner at Upton Park.

Carlton Cole had given the Hammers a first-half lead but Boro were given encouragement when Gary O'Neil levelled and their relegation rivals were losing.

After Stanislas struck there was a resigned attitude to Boro as their fate was sealed.

Boro's stint in the top flight lasted 11 years.

WEST HAM: Green, Spector, Neill, Upson, Ilunga, Noble (Dyer 53), Kovac, Collison (Di Michele 72), Boa Morte, Cole (Tristan 63), Stanislas.

Subs Not Used: Lastuvka, Lopez, Nsereko, Payne.

BORO: Jones, McMahon (Bennett 46), Wheater, Huth,Hoyte, O'Neil, Bates, Arca (Walker 46), Adam Johnson, Sanli,Emnes (Franks 81).

Subs Not Used: Turnbull, Shawky, Williams, Grounds.