Steve: Forget The Odds

Steve Lomas says the fact that the odds on West Ham making the Premiership through the play-offs are the shortest does not bother him.

With bookmakers turning their attentions to who will follow Norwich and West Bromwich Albion into the top flight, and at least one making the Hammers favourites even though Sunderland are now third in the table, Steve explains:

"It doesn't really affect my thinking because the play-offs are a lottery and it is about who plays on the day."

But his focus is firmly on Wigan at the weekend - and he is keen to warn colleagues and fans alike against complacency.

A defeat by four goals would let the Latics in through the back door at the expense of West Ham and he adds:

"At the end of the day, we still have to get there because Wigan will be a tricky game.

"Everyone is thinking it is a formality but we conceded four goals to Millwall - so we are not counting our chickens before they hatch.

"We want to get there first, then we won't be afraid of who we take on."

Steve says a combination of wanting to reward West Ham's loyal travelling army and building up a head of steam for the play-offs provide excellent motivation for Sunday and he concludes:

"We want to win at Wigan; we are taking 8,000 supporters so it will be a fantastic game and hopefully we will put in another good performance - and a winning one.

"That would keep the confidence up going into the play-offs and that is what we are looking for."