Sam Allardyce urged his West Ham United players to continue where they left off against Cardiff City, as the Hammers bid to replicate last season's superb 1-0 Barclays Premier League victory at Newcastle United. 

Big Sam insists there will be no let up from his side whatever, well aware that West Ham need to improve on last year's haul of just three victories on their travels.

Meanwhile, their prospects of success at the weekend are boosted by a virtual clean bill of health, with no additional injury concerns stemming from Saturday's 2-0 triumph over the Bluebirds.         

Good morning Sam, could you start by giving us the latest on Andy Carroll?

SA: "Andy's had an injection to finally finish off the last bit of pain he's suffering in his heel. It's not anything other than to shift a little bit of inflammation, the repair is complete, the specialist tells us. He just hasn't been able to get rid of this little bit on inflammation, which has been causing him some pain

"Within the next few days we'll expect him to step up his training and then take it one day at a time from there in terms of his progression."

Have you got a vague idea of a return date?

SA: "Not really. It could be pretty quick but it could be something that takes a little bit longer. We just go day by day based on how Andy feels and if he's feeling good from the previous day, we step the training up and we do that each day. As long he's feeling any pain we continue to step it up until he joins in with the lads."

In view of Andy's injury, are you happy with the cover you've got?

SA: "I've got the squad I've got and that's it. If there is a new player to come in, we'll need to sell first, yes. But I don't envisage that happening, I'm not looking at doing it, because I'm happy with the squad I've got at the moment.

"It's not frustrating for me. There's a new set of regulations that says you've got a limit on your wages, set by these new rules. I've hit my limit and that's it, we move on. I've got no panic going on, I'm not anxious about any transfers, like a lot of managers will get in the next few weeks. Because we did all of our business as quick as we possibly could and that's it. We've got a very good squad.

So, eleven days to go, and there are unlikely to be any ins and outs at West Ham?

SA: "Unlikely that there will be any ins and outs. You never say never, but we're not actively looking at any players to bring in, nor are we actively looking at selling any players either."

Looking ahead, it's obviously hugely important to build on that great win on the opening day of the season...

SA: "It should have been more than 2-0 based on the chances that we created. I think that we were totally the dominant team in the first game of the season, but at the end of the day, it's only game one. And we're not to become over confident. We all know that we were poor away from home last season, even if Newcastle wasn't one of the venues that we slipped up on away from home last year.

"I'll just remind the lads over the next couple of days that we had a great start last season and then went to Swansea and got beaten 3-0, and that could have been four or five. The Premier League is obviously a very difficult place to play your football and without 100 per cent commitment and focus on every single game, you won't get the result that you're looking for.

"You cannot ease off, every time you do that in this league you get punished. We have to be 100 per cent focused and we have to improve our away form from last season, starting with Saturday's game at Newcastle."  

"Even though Newcastle had, probably a poor performance Alan [Pardew] would say in the end, that was only brought about by circumstances and Manchester City being absolutely brilliant. 

"First game of the season at St James' Park and the fans will lift the players, so we will have to be on top form to make sure we get a result."

Is it a strange feeling going back there?

SA:
"Not now, I think I've been back quite a few times. From my point of view, it's always been a very positive result whenever I've gone back. I haven't gone back and been beaten yet, so I want the lads to keep that record up for me if they can. It's a difficult place to go and a difficult place to get points.

"As the years go by any [antipathy] soon diminishes, you look to the future and look to build your career. Thinking about the past is not in my make up, it's not my philosophy to keep going backwards. It's always about what's going to happen next, how we're going to build a better future, how we're going to become better as a team and improve the Club."          

Sam, you mentioned Andy's injury, are there any other places you'll be without at the weekend?

SA:
"There's only George McCartney but he's moving into training with us and we do have a game on Tuesday in the Capital One Cup, which he'll probably figure in. It'll be nice to have him back in the squad. Everybody else at this moment in time, apart from Andy, is fit, which is a wonderful piece of news for me this morning. So we've completed the whole of pre-season and the first game with a squad that has been fit all summer, so it should be raring to go, whichever team I select!"            

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