Gallery: West Ham finish in frustration by missing out on spot in top six

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The Hammers lost 2-1 to Stoke City on the final day of the season on Sunday.

It has undoubtedly been a fine season for West Ham in what was always bound to be a historic campaign for the London club.

In the final of their 112 years at their traditional Upton Park home, the Hammers under the management of Slaven Bilic have looked like serious competitors in the upper echelons of the Premier League for the first time in recent memory.

Boosted by summer signings including PFA Player of the Year nominee Dimitri Payet, Manuel Lanzini, and Michail Antonio, the Irons have been in or around the top six for the majority of the campaign.

However, despite looking at one point as if they might seriously threaten to gatecrash the top four, their season ultimately ended in disappointment as a 2-1 defeat to Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium in Sunday's final fixture saw them slip to finish seventh.

Antonio's smart strike gave the visitors the lead midway through the first half, but Giannelli Imbula equalised shortly after the break and Mame Biram Diouf provided the sting in the tail by scoring the winner two minutes from time.

It was a hugely frustrating game for Bilic and his side, who had 20 shots on goal but ultimately could not get the three points they needed to guarantee a Europa League spot.

They must now wait and hope that Manchester United beat Crystal Palace to win the FA Cup next weekend, which would see the Hammers' seventh spot become a passage into the Europa League qualifying round.

Here's a look back through an underwhelming end to a fine season for West Ham.

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