Nolan on West Ham TV

Kevin Nolan is remaining upbeat, despite being left hugely frustrated by Saturday's 2-2 npower Championship draw at Burnley.

The captain netted his tenth goal of the season to help West Ham United battle back from two goals down at Turf Moor, but admitted the Hammers should have won the game at a canter.

Nolan saw a first-half header chalked-off for a foul on Burnley goalscorer Marvin Bartley a minute after the midfielder had put the Clarets in front, while he was also one of a host of players guilty of missing gilt-edged chances.

Speaking to West Ham TV, the No4 said the Hammers would have to start converting their opportunities if they are to reclaim an automatic promotion place before the end of the season.

What was your assessment of the game - a point gained or two points dropped?

"We were disappointed, more than anything, because we thought we started the game well and created a few chances. When you're not putting your chances away, and we had plenty, then you're going to get punished.

"We conceded two sloppy goals, but at the other end we should have been banging them in. At least we battled back to get a draw, so we go to Peterborough now and we've got to win."

Manager Sam Allardyce changed his tactics and introduced Sam Baldock and Nicky Maynard at half-time. What did he say to you after going in 2-0 down at the break?

"I think it was important that we got in at half-time and the gaffer sat us down and told us what he wanted us to do. The first thing was that we didn't panic, that we continued playing the same game but we tightened up at the back.

"He told us to move the ball quickly and get it into the box and it seemed to come off. The lads who came on were very disappointed to miss the chances that were created for them and hopefully, when the next one comes along, they'll put it in the back of the net.

"We've been saying for a few weeks now that we're creating lots and lots of chances but we're not putting them away and that's the main part of the game we've got to get right."

That is five draws in succession. How are we going to starting turning draws into wins?

"We've played well in the past few weeks and we should have won more games than we've drawn,but that's the way it is. We're West Ham United and teams are going to hang on and battle away to make sure that they get a result.

"You can see that by the way they celebrate when they beat us or react when they draw with us, but we knew that from the start of the season.

"We've made it hard for ourselves by not taking the chances we've created and we've got to make sure we do that between now and the end of the season. If we don't we'll put massive pressure on the back four, who have been fabulous all season.

"On Saturday, we had eleven or 12 shots on target and they were good chances - they were from a yard and not shots from 40 yards, so we need to take them."

Can you talk us through your disallowed goal - a header ruled out for a foul a minute after Burnley had taken the lead?

"I spoke to the referee and he said from where he was standing I had pushed him and I did put my hand on his back, but I don't think it was enough to push him out of the way to win the ball.

"I did think I'd got it and I'd scored, as you could see from the celebration, but it wasn't to be. It was important that we competed after that and that's what we did do, even after they scored a second goal."

Despite the recent run of draws, West Ham United are still in contention for automatic promotion and will go second with wins at Peterborough United on Tuesday and at home to second-place Reading next Saturday. Can you still do it?

"The lads are upbeat after a good second-half performance and hopefully we can start putting wins together back-to-back. We've got a few big games coming up and we're looking forward to them.

"The plan is to be top by 5pm next Saturday night. We do want to go to Peterborough and win but that's going to be a tough game. They beat Reading last week and they play good attacking football so it'll be a good game to watch.

"Hopefully we'll come out of there with the three points and then we'll be looking forward to a home game with Reading.

"There is a long way to go and a lot of points to play for and we're still fighting and chomping at the bit to make sure get what we want and that's automatic promotion."