Irons go for grandstand finish

Sam Allardyce knows that the pressure is mounting on him, and the owners of the club are disappointed at present, following what has been a poor run of results since the turn of the new year.

However the West Ham manager is not hiding, and has described the last nine games of this season as ‘massive’. That’s for both the club, and him personally.

We face today a wounded Sunderland side who will be going all out to impress their new manager Dick Advocaat. However this is a must win for our club.

The winning feeling needs to return, and our confidence needs a boost – and Allardyce pulled no punches when discussing the importance of today’s upcoming match.

”Win all nine, I’m doing great. Lose all nine, get rid of him. That’s a bit tongue in cheek by the way, but it’s true,” said Sam.

“Everybody would go away and say what a bad season it’s been. If we turn it around, what a great season.

“Everybody at the end of the season will remember the last eight or nine games and that’s when you get hero status.

“Like Gus Poyet last year at Sunderland. Alan Curbishley here, when he came here and saved them. It’s hero status.”

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