Manager on Monday

Sam Allardyce has urged his West Ham United players to get back to their best ahead of two huge games in the Barclays Premier League.

The Hammers host Hull City on Wednesday before a trip to Sunderland on the last day of March, games which could have a big bearing on each team's final league position.

Three consecutive league defeats against Everton, Stoke City and Manchester United has left Allardyce's side six points above the bottom three and the manager is keen to get back to the form which saw his team pick up four wins in February.

"We've put ourselves in a little bit of danger again, there's no doubt about that. In the two games we've got coming up we've got to make sure we perform like we did when we hit our good spell when we won four games on the trot.

"We've got to make sure we get back to, one, resilient defensive work which we didn't show enough of on Saturday to keep a talented frontline at bay, and two, we have to get better in the final third at creating and hurting teams. We didn't turn any of our opportunities today into goal scoring opportunities."

The form of striker Andy Carroll could be crucial in the run-in with the striker putting in a man of the match display against the Red Devils.

Carroll has made just four starts this season after a foot injury disrupted his campaign and Allardyce feels the striker will be raring to go for the games ahead.

"In the games coming up he'll (Carroll) be very important for us and for him to continue to play and up his match fitness as quickly as we can. The longer he carries on playing the better he's going to get.

"He's a player that's very, very eager and very fresh, he's not fatigued as some of the players are at this stage of the season having played the entire season. He's fresh, he's eager and he's willing to get out there and try and improve the team's results as much as he can.

"For us it's about playing off Andy, not off his head, playing off him into his feet and his chest because the capabilities he has to hold the ball up.

"The amount of fouls he draws in off the opposition defenders. Marouane Fellaini persistently fouled Carroll which gave us good opportunities to get the ball into their box and try to score.

"He'll get better as he gets sharper and we hope he stays fit. He laid two on for Kevin against Swansea, he scored a goal against Stoke but didn't get the chance to score any more today. If we provide the service he'll get the goals."