Big Sam prepared for Peterborough

Sam Allardyce was in a cheery mood following as he faced the assembled media before Saturday's npower Championship trip to Peterborough.

The West Ham United manager has a near fully-fit squad to choose from with just George McCartney and John Carew the only minor injury doubts ahead of the London Road fixture. The Hammers will be hoping to make it four wins from five while completing their fourth 'double' of the season following the 1-0 win against the Posh at the Boleyn Ground back in September.

Big Sam was clearly still proud of the achievements of his side from last Saturday, when they beat neighbours Millwall 2-1 despite playing for over 80 minutes with ten men.

"We're going to have enough pressure trying to win the Southampton game without putting extra pressure on ourselves to bounce back from Peterborough," Allardyce said. "We exceeded all expectations from me last Saturday.

"Firstly, because we'd just been beaten by Ipswich and secondly because we went down to ten men after nine minutes.

"To produce a performance of such quality and high endeavour and high belief was a fantastic effort by all the players who took part. In some cases it didn't get the praise it deserved as anyone who wins with ten men should be delighted.

"Just look at what Millwall did to Southampton on Tuesday when they won 3-2. We managed to beat them with just ten men for 80 minutes so that just shows the size of the job we completed."