Collison aiming for promotion

West Ham midfielder hoping to keep up push during run-in

Jack Collison: Hoping West Ham can go up automatically from the Championship

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Jack Collison is hoping West Ham can maintain their push for promotion when they travel to Blackpool on Tuesday night.

The Hammers have the best away record in the league this season, picking up 27 points on their travels.

Fifth placed Blackpool though are on a good run having lost just one of their last 10 league games and the midfielder knows it will be a difficult task.

Collison told Sky Sports News Radio: "Every game now is big between here and the end of the season.

"Obviously it's getting tighter and tighter at the top, Blackpool themselves are on a good run at the minute and it's important that we beat the teams in and around us.

"It's going to be a tough match but one we are looking forward to.

"Obviously they are a very good team and at the moment they are in a good position in the table, so they're going to be looking to claw back points on us and we want to send out a statement to the rest of the league to show that we mean business.

"Our ultimate goal at the end of the season is automatic promotion, the games are coming thick and fast now so it's up to us to put a run together at the right time of the season to get ourselves back in the Premiership."

Pressure

Having been relegated last season, West Ham are one of the 'bigger' clubs in the Championship, and were seen as one of the favourites to go straight back up.

Collison admits having experienced players in the dressing room has helped the squad deal with the pressure.

He added: "Having the likes of Kevin Nolan and Mark Noble who have got promotion before, it's great having the likes of them in the changing room.

"There's been pressure on us from the start of the season, if you look at the players we signed over the summer and obviously the manager was brought in, everyone was looking at us to be the team to bounce back and every team comes to Upton Park and wants to cause an upset.

"But we seem to have coped alright with the pressure this far and it's up to us now to put a run of wins together at the right time this season and keep progressing."

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