Sam Allardyce has spoken to the assembled media ahead of Saturday's trip to Aston Villa in the Barclays Premier League.
Big Sam fielded questions surrounding Andy Carroll's red card against Swansea, his team's recent form and the latest injury news ahead of the trip to Villa Park.
Morning Sam, two wins and a draw from three of your last four league games, do you feel West Ham's season has turned a corner?
SA: "It's obviously been about recovering from the injury problems that we had over a long period of time, the best part of two months. In the game scenario over December and January, where it's at it's peak and when you've lost so many players through injury, then you're always under pressure to get the result. When you haven't got a full squad to select from and you're playing so many players out of position, in defence in particular, when you get them all back you see the difference it makes to results and performances. We're proving that when we do get everybody fit then results turn in our favour and that's what we were talking about all the way through Christmas.
"This is our best spell of the season at the moment, a four-game run with seven points on the board, and we have to try and continue on from there. We're looking forward to going to Aston Villa and trying to perform like we did at Cardiff a few weeks ago. The only problem is we've had to achieve our last two victories with ten men which has been a bit unjust on both occasions. We've got to go to Aston Villa and hopefully keep eleven players on the field and not get any more injuries. That is key to continuing our successful results at the moment."
What was your reaction to Andy Carroll having his red card appeal rejected by the FA?
SA: "I think that my reaction was anger and injustice. The whole procedure, in terms of how we put our case together and what the vast swell of people felt, was unjust but unfortunately for me the panel has not seen it as they should have seen it. It's easy to hide behind the regulations or what the law says but that's an easy way out for me. Referees often say it's 'Technically this or that' and it really does grind on you when they use the technical term or to the letter of the law.
"In this case we felt that they were looking at it from one thing only, was it an obvious mistake. We based the whole of our procedure on was it an obvious mistake and I'm 100% certain it was an obvious mistake. Howard Webb should have given a free-kick for the foul on Andy Carroll by Chico Flores. At that stage the whistle should blow and there is no incident. That for me is an obvious mistake."
The manager discussed research into red cards shown this season
Could you tell us, in your own words, how much of a difference Andy Carroll makes to West Ham?
SA: "Only time will tell. I have Carlton Cole who's our leading goalscorer in the Premier League this season. He's done a really good job this season since we got him back to match fitness. They've got to step-up to the plate. Marco's got a really good track record in Italy, but of course is somewhat untried in this league. He's going to have to go in there and hopefully show us the sort of ability and form he showed in Italy.
"We've got replacements but at the end of the day we all know Andy Carroll is our major asset. He's our major signing, our biggest investment and that makes him one of our biggest players. We all have to overcome adversity and I hope the players are angry, as I am, and I hope they take that anger out in a positive manner against Aston Villa. I hope they prove that we can still win a game of football without Andy."
What are your views on Aston Villa's season, do you share the view that they have over-achieved?
SA: "I think that Paul Lambert had a massive learning curve last season with the dramatic change around of players that he made at Aston Villa, buying a lot of young players. I think that all those young players have grown in stature based upon the experiences that they had last season. They are using those experiences to put Aston Villa in a better light in terms of results. They have the danger men as we know.
"They've had some very good performances recently, I'm sure he was very disappointed only drawing 2-2 at Liverpool. Coming back against West Bromwich Albion to win and they're scoring goals at the moment. It's a big game for us and they're a big threat at the moment. They're in good form and they've done very well."
Is there any other team news or fitness updates which you can give us?
SA: "Everybody's fit from the squad we selected last week and we're obviously hoping that they continue to stay fit. We can go into the game with a lot of confidence but we must remember to maintain the level of performance that we've shown recently and more importantly, try and better it. That's the way to try and get ourselves further up the league.
"We've all seen what a quick run of results can do because of the way the table is. In the next few days, after Tuesday night, we could put ourselves around tenth or eleventh place if we do the job right. The short-term goal is to make sure that in the next two games we come out with as many points as we possibly can."