Michael: Thanks, Fans

Michael Carrick is full of praise for the West Ham fans that went to Turf Moor on Tuesday evening - and wants them to know he appreciates the effort.

Michael admitted here that he didn't know exactly where Burnley was, not having been there, and he says:

"We found out where Burnley is and it was a bit too chilly for me!"

But, joking aside, he is impressed by the 1,500 plus fans that made the journey, and adds:

"That is a good effort on a freezing Tuesday night in Burnley - that is a great stint.

"Other clubs would have had a couple of hundred if they were lucky and it just shows how big this club is and how important it is to get this club back where it belongs."

As for the 1-1 draw, he says:

"We had a good few chances again, really, and if we had put them away it would have been a different game - they weren't dropping kindly for us and we couldn't capitalise.

"They scored against the run of play but we showed a bit of character to bounce back.

"We just battled on, they made it difficult for us, and it got a bit scrappy in the end.

"You could see they were delighted with the draw which shows you what they were aiming to do - I don't know if they were going for that, as such, but they were happy with it - while we were disappointed.

"We have to move on to Saturday but we have to win those games if we are going to get promoted; we have been on a good run of late and I suppose you can't win every week but we do want to be picking up three points."

Walsall at home is the alternative to what would have been a trip to Old Trafford in the FA cup if West Ham had beaten Fulham in the last round, and Michael says:

"We have to put that behind us and get on with the job in hand.

"It is going to be a tough game, and they are not going to lay down and die, so we are going to have to put in a performance like we did against Cardiff."

Alan Pardew shares Michael's disappointment at only drawing - Clarets boss Stan Ternent said after his 300th game in charge that he would have settled for a point before the game - and has set a target for the season to clinch automatic promotion.

"We can't rely on the results of other teams; we have 13 games left and must look to win 10 of them; we wouldn't want to lose any matches at all and hope it will be good enough, but it is not a case of 'getting back on track' though as we have been playing good stuff," he insists.

"We are frustrated with only drawing at Burnley; I couldn't fault the team for effort but we were let down by a lack of quality, which was unusual.

"Having said that, we had enough chances early on to have taken the lead, and I felt that if we had got in front then we would have gone on and won it.

"Their goal galvanised them, though once we got the equaliser I thought we could go on from there and drive on, but their work rate restricted us.

"A player like Glen Little, who I had on loan at Reading, has great quality and was a handful.

"Sometimes you have to give credit to the opposition and Burnley did work incredibly hard to make life tough for us; it is never an easy place to come and well done to Stan in his 300th game.

"He is a great character who I love dearly; he drives his players mad and he drives his chairman mad and I think it is about time he retired!"