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WEST HAM’S nervy stars must win the “biggest game of their lives” to reach the Premier League.
Boss Sam Allardyce has all but accepted his unhappy Hammers will miss out on automatic promotion and have to cope with a play-off final if they want to go up.
Big Sam said: “If we are to go up automatically we will need someone to do us a favour.
“If not, it’s about preparing yourself properly for a game the players will never experience anything like in their life.
“There is nothing to compare to it. And you’ve got to handle the pressure that comes with it
Kevin Nolan has backed West Ham to win promotion through the playoffs if they cannot catch Southampton
West Ham's Nolan: Count on us going up at Wembley
Kevin Nolan has backed West Ham to win promotion through the playoffs if they cannot catch Southampton.
The Saints, who are five points clear with two games to go, will guarantee a return to the Premier League with victory over Middlesborough on Saturday.
And although Hammers skipper has not given hope of the second automatic promotion spot, he said winning their final two games at Leicester and Hull would also ensure momentum going into the playoff showdowns.
“Hopefully Southampton lose two, we win two and we go up,” Nolan said. “If not, we have got to make sure we win our next two to keep our momentum going into the playoffs.
“You never say never but that is the way it goes. We have to make sure we dust ourselves off from this result and try and go and win our next two.
“Form going into the playoffs is crucial - you have got to keep the winning mentality going. We have won a lot of games this season and we have to ensure we keep doing that until the end of the season and finish on as many points as we can.
“If we get six points from our next two games, that will stand us in good stead for the playoffs if we have to go in them.
"I am very confident that if we go through the playoffs, we will go up that way. You have got to be confident with the squad we have got.
“We want to give the fans what they deserve and that is getting back into the Premier League.
"Hopefully we can do that April 28 - and if not, on May 19.”
no chance i have accepted we aint going up
West Ham and Sunderland youngsters extend Dons stay
DONS have extended loans for both George Moncur and Billy Knott until the end of the season.
The worry for Brown is that Knott picked up a hamstring injury in the 2-0 defeat to Southend and now awaits word to see if the on-loan Sunderland midfielder can face Crawley on Saturday.
Knott went down in a heap on 36 minutes admist a tangle of bodies – but as Brown pointed out the extended loan was a done deal before the game.
He said: “We’ll just have to wait and see how Billy is, but we just lost three centre halves – I can’t afford to lose two more players and we’ve extended their time with us.”
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Big Sam Reflects
After a 1-1 draw, down in the West Country, Big Sam steadfastly refuses to accept that our chances of automatic promotion have gone.
Speaking after the news had filtered through that Reading were promoted and Southampton had won at Peterborough, Big Sam had this to say,
"It`s difficult for us now. And we`ve only got ourselves to blame."
"We had so many chances. We`ve got to take it on the chin."
"The nerve-ends were jangling and there was no margin for error."
"Maybe our keeper should have done better for their equalizer."
"But he`s saved us plenty of times this season and anyway we shouldn`t have needed to worry because of our dominance in the game."
But, after praising them in recent weeks, Sam couldn`t resist having a pop at the strike force again, after several chance sot wrap the game up went begging,
"We didn`t find the quality of finish."
"And that was maybe because the nerve-ends were jangly because we were so desperate."
"We lost our composure in front of goal. We need Middlesbrough to beat Southampton on Saturday."
Sorry to say it Sam, but I can`t see it happening - it`s the play-offs for us!
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Tweets of the Week: Are West Ham fans right to be talking about Wembley?
West Ham fans discuss all things Hammers with our correspondent Nathaniel John.
Join in the discussion on Twitter @Nathaniel_John This week, Hammers reveal whether fans are right to be thinking about a play-off final at Wembley before the semi-finals have even been decided.
I can’t stress any more that we can’t guarantee that we will get past the semi-finals. Then there is the stomach-wrenching stuff at Wembley – @Apisadmirer
If we play like we did against Birmingham and Brighton then we will get there, but miss chances like we did at Bristol and we won’t. Take each game at a time – @McGrath88
There is a mixture of blind optimism and utter despondency among West Ham fans. I think we’ll do it – @Tommy_OConnor
Totally wrong to be thinking about Wembley and the play-off final. One game at a time – @PercyBlakeney63
We can talk about the play-offs all we like but I for one can’t see us winning them. The team has got the talent, but not the bottle – @ljt1970lee
I’d fancy our chances over two legs against anyone except Reading, who fortunately won’t be in the play-offs – @niall_mcdonald
West Ham fans are not right talking about a Wembley final. They’ve been talking about automatic promotion all season. Too delusional and, therefore, expectant – @ChrisGordon77
We are not going anywhere until we learn to defend. Too many dropped points because of dreadful defending. Errors week in, week out – @oakey_dokey
It’s all fine talking about a day out at Wembley and doing things the hard way but we still have to do it! The Brighton game was a must win and we won 6-0. Last night was also a must win and we drew. Jekyll and Hyde United – @Nigel_Harwood22
We must take one game at a time and not get carried away. I have said from the start of the season that we would struggle as soon as we were labelled favourites – @Ben_Collins332
If anyone can get us through the play-offs it will be Big Sam. He has had one objective this season and that is promotion at any cost. Now we get to see what this team is made of – @ThomasClarke123
I think the problem is that Sam doesn’t know his best starting XI. He needs to have some idea who he will play in the play-offs first. It should be the same team home and away – @DPD65
We need to get winning momentum or we are going nowehere but the Championship next season – @765ILangton
Manchester United are sending their top scout to watch Athletic Bilbao's £26m-rated midfielder Oscar de Marcos, 22, in Thursday's Europa League semi-final against Sporting Lisbon.
Fiorentina midfielder and long-time Arsenal target Riccardo Montolivo has agreed a pre-contract deal to join AC Milan on a free transfer this summer.
Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala are ready to kickstart a summer fire sale at Blackburn Rovers, by attempting to pip Arsenal and Chelsea to the signing of midfielder Steven N'Zonzi.
On-loan Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole says he would rather stay with French club Lille than return to Anfield.
Liverpool are lining up a move for Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou, whose contract at Stamford Bridge expires at the end of the season.
Tottenham are also planning a summer swoop for Kalou, but Chelsea intend to offer the Ivory Coast international a new contract.
QPR players will hold a team meeting to discuss whether to shake Chelsea captain John Terry's hand when the two sides meet a week on Sunday after allegations that he racially abused Anton Ferdinand.
Reading chairman Sir John Madejski has insisted that there will be no spending spree this summer following the Royals' promotion to the Premier League.
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo was presented with three pairs of Bavarian shoes after reportedly having his boots stolen before Real's Champions League defeat by Bayern Munich.
HAMBURG have joined the race to sign Dirk Kuyt in the summer.
The Germans are ready to match his salary at Liverpool, who are expected to let him leave.
Kuyt has been an unused sub in the Reds’ last two games.
LIVERPOOL have beaten Manchester City in the race to sign Crewe wonderkid Dan Smith, 16, for an initial £300,000.
STOKE boss Tony Pulis is hot on the trail of £3million-rated Spanish striker Jorge Molina, 29, of Real Betis.
IPSWICH are set to sign Manchester United goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak on a free transfer in the summer.
GREGG WYLDE has been cleared by FIFA to play for Bolton.
He needed ratification after taking redundancy from Rangers to become a free agent.
SWANSEA star Alan Tate faces a battle to play against former club Manchester United.
He has a calf strain and is struggling to make the May 6 clash.
DANNY HIGGINBOTHAM admits he may quit Stoke this summer.
The out-of-favour defender has just one year left on his deal.
Higgy, 33, said: “I’d love to stay but if you’re not playing it’s frustrating. Who knows what will happen.”
INJURIES have forced Barnsley to extend the emergency loan of Spurs keeper David Button, 23, until April 2
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Welcome to E13, Higgy.
I would rather go up through the play offs than via second place in a way, however this is West Ham and as the saying goes "Many a slip twixt cup and lip". If the financial rewards were not as great as they are I would be happy to get another season down here, but I fear the worst if we do.
Can actually see Boro getting a result they need the points too.
And us winning. Giving us that little last glimpse of hope, only to see it dashed with the next Soton game being a loss but us getting pummeled ...
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