West Ham boss Sam Allardyce fears his side’s season will go “down the drain” if they fail to beat play-off chasing Brighton at Upton Park.
Allardyce has labelled the game the most important in the Hammers’ season as they look to close the gap on the Championship automatic promotion places.
The east Londoners can cut the gap behind second-placed Southampton to three points after they lost 3-1 to Reading at St Mary’s on Friday night.
“We are more than capable of winning four games on the trot and it has to start with winning the most important game of the season so far on Saturday against Brighton,” Allardyce said.
“Otherwise we risk throwing a fantastic season down the drain.
“I have no doubt that there will be slip-ups between the top three before the end of the season but they can afford to drop points whereas we no longer have that luxury.”
Allardyce’s side have fallen off the pace following a seven-game winless run at home, six of which have been draws.
“We have slipped up enough in recent weeks by drawing too many matches and that has to stop now,” he said.