Sam Allardyce was in a positive mood ahead of Saturday's lunch-time Barclays Premier League clash with Fulham at the Boleyn Ground.

After last weekend's disappointing defeat at the Liberty Stadium, West Ham United are hoping to bounce back against a team they have enjoyed playing against in recent times.

Big Sam talked all things football, discussing the threat posed by Fulham, players vying for a starting berth and deadline day madness.

Sam what kind of threat do you think Fulham will pose?

SA - "I watched them last week and they recovered well after looking dead and buried at Old Trafford. That is something we have to have in mind because if they play the way they did last weekend from the start of the game it is going to be very difficult. Every Premier League game is a challenge and we need to make sure we are ready. We need to get in amongst them and restrict them from having time on the ball. If we can impose our home advantage and carry on from our opening-day win we can expose the Fulham defence. Sheffield Wednesday did just that in the Capital One Cup and Manchester United did last weekend. I believe there are a few weaknesses we can take advantage of. However, Fulham have been an established Premier League side for more than ten years now and they will be very difficult to beat."

You made a lot of changes against Crewe Alexandra on Tuesday. Have any of those squad players done enough to make their way into your plans to face Fulham?

SA - "There will be some included in the team. We have had one or two injuries from last week and I think we have to make sure that they are fully recovered if we are going to select them. So yes, some of the players who were involved on Tuesday may feature. We will see how well the players have recovered on Friday and Saturday morning. There will be some changes, but other than that we are looking forward to the game."

Have you got any news on the transfer front, or have you concluded your business?

SA - "There will probably be another player brought in. A player we are interested in has become available. Hopefully we can bring in that quality player who will come in and make an immediate impact."

You mentioned last week that you would prefer to have the transfer window end before the start of the season, so what is your take on deadline day?

SA - "I think an experiment for one season might be the answer. If we all came together and said the window has to end before the start of the season that could work. We shouldn't set it in stone, but experiment and see how it goes. There has to be a better solution out there."

What do you do when you have concluded all your business?

SA - "I turn both of my phones off, I don't look at the TV and focus on the game ahead. The one thing this window brings is far too many distractions ahead of the games you play. If I have concluded all of my business by Friday lunch-time, then hopefully I have no need to bother with what everyone else is saying. So my phone and the TV will be turned off."

Last weekend at Swansea City was a blip after a terrific start in the Barclays Premier League. What have you done during the week to ensure you do not make any errors?

SA - "I think that the two lads responsible know that it was an unusual situation for them to make those errors. They do not make them often and they happen to everyone. If you look all over the Premier League last weekend and before that, teams make mistakes. We did not want to be the team that made them because they are very very costly and teams who make those types of errors haven't won a game of football yet. You only have to look at Liverpool who drew 2-2 with Manchester City. They made two very big errors and if they hadn't made them they would have won. That is how much it costs you in the Premier League. If you make mistakes teams will punish you."

Do you think you will be making any changes from last Saturday?

SA - "The only changes we will make will be forced through injury. Some players may not have recovered from minor knocks in time. Some were rested on Tuesday but most of them were injured. That game against Crewe has encouraged me because, if we do need to make changes, we have players who can come in and make an impact.

It looks like Fulham will be bringing in Dimitar Berbatov. They have lost Moussa Dembele, but what sort of challenge will they bring?

SA - "I hope he doesn't play. He is a terrific player and I hope he isn't fit enough to feature. I think the loss of Dembele to Fulham is a big one. But the size of the replacement and the quality of the player is an exceptional piece of business by Fulham. This is one of the best Premier League goalscorers in recent years and even though he hasn't had the best of times recently he will be a massive threat if he plays a part in the game on Saturday. It will be a terrific signing by Fulham if they clinch it."

You got off to a winning start against Aston Villa, how important is it that you make Upton Park a fortress?

SA - "I think that home form is critical to us all at any football club, whatever the level. The whole week is based on making sure your fans go home from the game happy. There will be 30,000 fans here and they pay their money for us to excite them and win the game. They want to be entertained. That is what we try to do, but the only way of making sure of that is by winning. If you can win by a handsome margin then that is great, but our main aim is to make sure we win the game and send the fans home happy."

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