Big Sam on: Peterborough

Sam Allardyce was clear on West Ham United's target for the next target for the next five days - two wins and the six points that would take them back to second in the npower Championship table.

Ahead of Reading's visit on Saturday, Big Sam's side travel to Peterborough -  the side that recently beat the Royals 3-1 to give the Hammers a shout of getting back into the automatic promotion places. The West Ham United manager knows the task will not be easy but will be boosted by Julien Faubert and Ricardo Vaz Te coming back into contention for a place in the matchday squad.

Are you still flabbergasted by Saturday's draw with Burnley?
Even more so now as we've had a chance to watch it again. It just seems to sum up where what we are the moment. We dominated the game from the very start and then found ourselves 2-0 down at half-time after not taking our chances, hitting the post and having a goal disallowed. We got two goals back and then better and easier chances came our way that we failed to convert.

When we look back at this period, if we don't get to where we want to be we'll know why. Whether we weren't clinical enough or professional enough it's not been the right conversion of chances. If you want to get to the top of this division and stay there you've got to convert the chances to goals.

We've let the pressure grow on us by not winning games and taking our chances. There are some big decisions that went against us but in the main it's down to our own incapability of winning a game of football.

How is the mood in the camp?
It wasn't a case of being pleased about coming back; we were frustrated to have not won the game. Our players didn't settle for a point and in the last ten minutes created the best four or five chances of the game. We only had the goalkeeper to beat and we still couldn't beat him.

Is this now crunch time?
It can flow and comeback at any stage. Time is running out and with only 8 games to go, people are getting a bit nervous as the games are running out. You start turning that round by winning a game and getting three points. We've got to make a difference by Saturday evening by getting two victories on the trot but we can't have any more excuses and we can't slip up any more.

It's not over but it puts it back in our hands and not Reading's if we get three points against a side that have just beaten Reading on their own patch. If we win that one then we know we'll go above them. That then takes us into the last six games of the season and we go from there.