Fulham may have ended all talk of Sam Allardyce and the sack race.

But the man himself has made it clear that he remains very much under pressure – from HIMSELF!

The manager has made it clear there can be no slipping back from the winning standards the team set itself on Saturday afternoon against Fulham when they step into a Selhurst Park pressure cooker on Tuesday evening.

He said: “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 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.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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