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Sam: it aint over 'til it's over

Filed: Friday, 13th April 2012
By: Staff Writer

Sam Allardyce has told his team to ignore what's happening elsewhere in the Championship and get back to winning ways against Brighton at the BG tomorrow.

With Southampton and Reading meeting in what promises to be the Championship decider at St Mary's this evening, West Ham will find themselves nine points behind the leaders should either side win the game.

However a positive result either way would prove beneficial to United who would close the gap on second place to just three points - should they manage to end the shocking run of seven home games without a win and beat Brighton tomorrow.

"All we can do is make sure we win all our games and see what happens," Allardyce told whufc.com. "We have slipped up enough in recent weeks by drawing too many matches and that has to stop now.

"We are more than capable of winning four games on the trot and it has to start with winning the most important game of the season so far on Saturday against Brighton. Otherwise we risk throwing a fantastic season down the drain.

"I have no doubt that there will be slip ups between the top three before the end of the season but they can afford to drop points whereas we no longer have that luxury.We just need to make sure we win our four games starting with Brighton."

Meanwhile Brighton boss Guy Poyet says he is looking forward to seeing how his team cope with playing in front of what promises to be another 30,000+ bumper crowd at the BG.

"I absolutely loved playing at West Ham. Ninety-nine per cent of the time the stadium is full, there is always plenty of noise and most footballers enjoy playing in that environment," he told seagulls.co.uk.

"There is always something special about playing there because it's a magnificent place to play football. The pitch is always perfect and that's what you play football for. The players will be in a great situation on Saturday and I'll learn a lot from them.

"I'm looking forward to seeing how this set of players react to playing at West Ham. It will be a great test and a chance to learn for the future of this club."

Supporters without tickets for tomorrow's game will be able to play on the gate at turnstiles 17, 18 and 46.

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