Manager on Monday

Sam Allardyce is hoping West Ham United can build on the last-minute equaliser they snatched at Leeds United on Saturday.

The Hammers players were all back in training bright and early on Sunday morning with the visit of Middlesbrough arriving on Tuesday night. The mood in the camp would certainly have been buoyed by Danny Collins' 90th minute equaliser in the 1-1 draw at Elland Road.

"We were always in the game and looked comfortable and looked like we might create something and get a goal," Big Sam said. "Leeds is not an easy place to go and no away game is easy. You've got to earn the right to get the victory and to earn the right to play.

"In the second half we had more space and more opportunity to play but we didn't find the finish to get one goal in front. I thought we might have nicked the win when Gary O'Neil went down the right in the last minute with three men in the box but when you need that bit of vital bit of quality we didn't produce it to get the goal and win."

James Tomkins' calf injury from Saturday means he is a doubt for the Boro game, with Ravel Morrison - who made his debut on Saturday - and Gary O'Neil standing by to replace him. The strength of the squad will be tested with games with four games scheduled for the next 12 days.

"We're having a little struggle with injuries again. James Tomkins had to come off with a trapped nerve in the calf, Julien Faubert was at home with Winston Reid, Guy Demel and Papa Bouba Diop. The earliest we can expect Ricardo Vaz Te back is against Burnley on Saturday.

"We'll need some fresh legs over the next ten days so that was a disappointment. We coped with the change well and Gary did a good job when he came on. Ravel got a good feel for what football was all about. He didn't get much of a touch but at least he's on the field."

Although the Hammers are unbeaten on home soil since early December, the last four home matches have ended in draws. If they are to start following their managers wishes and win against Tony Mowbray's men then Big Sam knows there must be a positive atmosphere inside the Boleyn Ground.

"Hopefully we can keep the unbeaten run going and start turning the draws into wins. We need to start doing better at home and we need the fans' support. We all want the same thing so we need to pull in the same direction.

"We need to help the team across the finishing line. If we are playing badly then I don't expect to be let off the hook but we aren't playing badly we just aren't winning."

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