Big Sam on: Crystal Palace

Sam Allardyce has challenged his players to win back-to-back Barclays Premier League games for the first time this season at Crystal Palace on Tuesday.

West Ham United go to Selhurst Park having defeated Fulham 3-0 at the Boleyn Ground on Saturday, while Palace go into Tony Pulis' first home game in charge on the back of a 1-0 defeat at Norwich City.

Big Sam has challenged his players to take the Hammers further clear of the bottom three by scoring successive league wins in south London.

Sam, reflecting on Saturday's win, how much of a relief was it?

SA: "I said after the game that it was always a great relief to win three points and winning them in the style we did delighted everybody. We didn't only win but we entertained and completely dominated the opposition in all areas and all aspects of the game, which I was very pleased to see.

"When you see your goalkeeper come off the pitch with not one shot to save in the entire 90 minutes, it always gives you a platform to go on and win a game of football.

"For us to have achieved more attempts on target than off target shows that we have turned the corner in the accuracy of our shooting and heading. Because of that, we won the game 3-0 and in actual fact could have won it by a lot more."

You must have been delighted with the impact made by your three substitutes Carlton Cole, Joe Cole and Ravel Morrison?

SA: "I'd have to say they are probably the best three subs I've ever put on in terms of impact, together, in my career. I have put subs on in the past who have had an impact in ones and twos, but never had such an impact as all three of them.

"Their impact was very important because even though we should have been two or three-nil up when they arrived, they made us comfortable and finished the job off as we deserved to do.

"When the goals come late in the day like they did, they send everybody home happy for a good weekend."

Martin Jol has departed Fulham since Saturday's game. What is your reaction?

SA: "It's sacking season. It never changes this time of year, if you are not doing particularly well. Somebody I know well at Wigan, Owen Coyle, has left as well. It always happens around this time of year when people think 'Is it time for a change?' because they haven't delivered what they are expected to deliver. They make those decisions and we know those sorts of things happen.

"We're touching close to 20 changes already in all the professional leagues this year. Generally around 50 per cent get changed each season and it's an unfortunate industry to be in from that point of view. It's very volatile and I feel for them.

"They will dust themselves down and get themselves up again and move on to the next job if and when that arises, so I wish them well."

Therefore, how important was Saturday's result in lifting the pressure on you?

SA: "There is still pressure on me because I put pressure on myself. It's just a small contribution to help the situation we're in at the moment. We've got to progress now. We can't sit back and not try to win at Crystal Palace. If we can't win, we've certainly got to get a result.

"They are below us at this moment in time and Saturday will have been a waste if we lose to Crystal Palace, because they'll gain three points on us. When we come off, we have to make sure we haven't lost, so we'll have one more point and they won't have gained any points on us and we'll move forward to Liverpool from there.

"If we can win, it makes a massive difference because then we're a mid-table team and we're not in the bottom five or six in the table. The distance between tenth and the bottom is not very big at the moment, so to get a couple of wins back-to-back or a few results is very important for us at this stage."

Will it be more difficult with the game being Tony Pulis' first home game as Crystal Palace manager?

SA: "I think that every game at this level is tough. We will go to Crystal Palace for another local derby and we experienced the atmosphere there when we were in the Championship, when we got a well-deserved draw a couple of weeks ago.

"It'll be a full house and any newly-promoted team gets extra drive from its fans in its first year back in the Premier League, particularly as it's been a few years since they have been there. They have the excitement of being in the top league in the world now.

"I think Tony is a very experienced manager and will try to organise his team to be difficult to beat and to get a result if they can, which is what they tried to do at Norwich.

"We've got to be ready to match whatever they have got and to try and better it. That's something we've got to try to handle and up until Norwich away, if we play like we know we can away from home, we should be there or thereabouts in terms of getting a result. Again, it will rely on our finishing qualities as to whether we get anything out of the game or not."

Do you have any team news to update ahead of Tuesday's game?

SA: "We have only a few niggles from Saturday's game. We don't consider they will cause us any difficulties in terms of the selection process, but having three games in a week, it may be about asking other squad players to step in and do a job on Tuesday or on Saturday.

"I have to do almost a team-and-a-half's thinking. How well have the lads recovered from Saturday? Will some of the squad lads do a better job on Tuesday because they are so much fresher and ready to go? That's the debate we have to have as a staff and see where we go from there.

"I'll pick a team following those discussions and see how we go from there."