“Hopefully, they will win the final because I think we really deserve to be in Europe the way we’ve played this season. It’s something we really wanted and hopefully we’ll be there”
“Even in the second half, we had that massive chance for Sakho when Shay Given pulled off a great save, but he should have scored. There were also three or four opportunities after they equalised, so it was very frustrating.”
Stoke boss Mark Hughes was understandably delighted had come through a difficult spell to finish the season on a high note.
“Of all the seasons we’ve finished in ninth, it’s been more difficult this time and that’s why it’s a fantastic achievement,” he said.
“We put ourselves in a great position six or seven games ago, but the injury to Jack Butland really hurt us at a crucial time.”
He added: “The first half was the story of the last few weeks for us, but I urged the lads to be strong in possession, to be brave in possession. We had to ride our luck at times in the second half, but they got their reward in the end.”
The outcome looked like being a different one in the first half as the Hammers created chance after chance, but only had Antonio’s goal to show for it.