Sam Allardyce is hoping West Ham United can maintain their unbeaten home run when Wigan Athletic visit the Boleyn Ground on Tuesday evening.

Saturday's 1-1 draw against Sunderland kept up the Hammers' loss-free home start to this season, with the recent record standing at six wins in seven home games and just one defeat in 17 Boleyn Ground fixtures in 2012. With Wigan on the horizon, Big Sam is determined to see that run continue for as long as possible before the visit of some of the teams situated towards the top of the table in the next two months.

"Having points on the board is critical for us based on the group of fixtures that are looming round the corner now," Allardyce said "Game seven is Arsenal, the 3 November is Manchester City and then we go on to Chelsea and Man United, Tottenham and Newcastle.

"If we can accumulate enough points and continue the growth of confidence we're showing now then we can go into those games with less pressure on ourselves and have more confidence in our own ability to actually go and try and get a result against these boys.

"So the more we can continue to pick points up at this stage of the season, the less pressure we put on ourselves when the games get that little bit tougher."

Those 'tougher' teams may not be looking forward to their visit to east London much either though if Saturday's performance was anything to go by.

"I don't think Sunderland enjoyed playing against us. I think what we did was not look like a newly promoted-side into the Premier League. That's what pleased me.

"A team that plays here and has four attempts at goal shows the domination we had. For an experienced Premier League side to come and say they've only had four attempts at goal shows you we are moving forward with the quality of squad we've got.

"We had a disappointing goal against us in the first nine minutes but we then went on to dominate the game and get stronger and stronger as the game went on and to finally get the draw shows we're committed and passionate about what we do."

Although Nolan's strike was delivered by a fine half-volley on the swivel, several other chances had already been passed up by a variety of different sources. Chance after chance came and went for the hosts, who were denied by a combination of bad luck, good goalkeeping and some wayward finishing.

"We have got a kink in our armour at the minute, by not converting the chances created into enough goals to win the game. That is a concern of mine. If we had shown the clinical
finishing we did against Fulham we'd have won the Sunderland game handsomely, but we didn't.

"Our finishing from the point of view of the likes of Kevin Nolan's, but also our heading ability is very good. We had headers at goal against Sunderland.

"Carlton Cole headed over the bar. Vaz Te wide. Collins hit the bar from six yards out. In the end it's not good enough, because they should be goals.

"The good thing is you're always happy that you can create chances and to be a newly promoted side and create so many is a very pleasing thing for me, because I can continue to work on the lads improving their finishing."

Nolan's third goal in as many home league games this campaign has set him up for another season with a double-figure goals return. Nolan was just pipped at the post by Carlton Cole for the Hammers' top-scorer award last season, but having worked with the his captain on and off for 13 years, Big Sam is predicting he will put in another strong challenge again this season.

"I don't think anyone underestimates Kevin Nolan. All you have to do is look at his CV and see plenty of goals year-after-year in the Premier League. He'll end up being our joint-leading goalscorer or better, like he did at Newcastle.

"When we bought him he was great value for money in the Premier League, but very expensive in the Championship. So you've got to give credit to David Sullivan and David Gold for spending that type of money on a player to go into the Championship to get us back in the Premier League."

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