Anfield

Next Game

Liverpool v West Ham

Saturday, 31 January 2015, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Ashton Gate

Last Game

Bristol C 0 - 1 West Ham

Sunday, 25 January 2015, 14:00

The FA Cup Fourth Round

Allardyce: Opener had it all

Sam Allardyce admits he could not have asked for anything more from his West Ham United side as they opened the 2013/14 season with victory over Cardiff City.

Last Updated: 17/08/13 at 18:53 Post Comment

Sam Allardyce: Happy with opening win and will not be dipping back into transfer

Sam Allardyce: Happy with opening win and will not be dipping back into transfer

The Hammers dominated proceedings from the off against newly-promoted opposition and were full value for a 2-0 success.

Joe Cole and Kevin Nolan did the damage in the final third, while a resolute back line was rarely troubled by the toothless Bluebirds.

Allardyce is delighted to be up and running in such comfortable fashion, but admits he is unlikely to be able to build on a bright start by dipping back into the transfer market before the summer window closes.

He told Sky Sports: "From our point of view, we started the game very well indeed and the one thing we were looking for was: are we going to score, are we going to take advantage of this very good start? The quality and ability of first Matt Jarvis' cross and then the ability of Joe Cole in the box - not an easy chance to take the ball behind him, touch, swivel and put it in the bottom corner.

"In fact, Joe is disappointed he didn't get a hat-trick today because he got a fantastic free header at the far post off another Jarvis cross and then he got the one-on-one, where instead of slotting it into the back of the net he tried to chip the goalkeeper.

"All of those chances came in the first half, so 1-0 was fine but really it should have been more than that.

"Cardiff had a bit of a spell just after half-time, we sat in and defended very well because for the entire game they have only had one shot on target. Breaking out from there, Kevin Nolan pops up to ease all of the nerves for us.

"It was a good day, a really good day, and everybody has come off feeling great. I don't think there are any injuries either, which is a big part for us and very important for us. We can look forward to Newcastle away next week with confidence now."

Pressed on whether the performance against Cardiff suggests West Ham should be confident of building on last season's 10th place finish in the Premier League, Allardyce added: "Not at the moment because we have to calculate how everybody else is going to spend between now and the end of the window.

"You look at Cardiff, they have spent something like £26-28m, is that going to continue before the window shuts? Who else is going to go out and buy more players?

"We certainly aren't in a position at the moment, we've spent our budget, so we are where we are and we are the squad we are at the moment. That was more than good enough today."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

O

ne of the conclusions from this list is that Man City should never buy a striker in January - good luck Wilfried Bony....

Savinator
F365's Top Ten Worst January Panic Buys

I

was there, it was embarrassing - the team looked totally unbalanced from the off, the defence was woeful and when Mikel came off injured it got even worse with nobody in front of them. Up front on several occasions we had opportunities and nobody would shoot - it was a complete farse! On the back of Salah's performance I'm glad there is talk of getting shot...

Fly1ngh1gh
Cup defeat shames Mourinho

G

reat to see Tommy Rosicky getting some love. A wonderful player. Such a pity we lost so long to injury. I was so excited when we signed him, this resurgence only makes the absences seem more of a lost opportunity.

cheshire-gooner
16 Conclusions: FA Cup Fourth Round Weekend

Footer 365

Capital One Cup: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says Chelsea's Diego Costa was lucky to avoid a red card

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers believes Chelsea's Diego Costa was lucky to stay on the field in the Capital One Cup semi-final.

Capital One Cup: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho insists Diego Costa does not deserve retrospective action after Emre Can stamp

Jose Mourinho thinks Chelsea's Diego Costa should be left alone to play football after a controversial outing on Tuesday.

Capital One Cup: Chelsea reach final as Branislav Ivanovic's goal sinks Liverpool

Branislav Ivanovic's extra-time goal gave Chelsea a 2-1 aggregate win over Liverpool and a place in the Capital One Cup final.

Mail Box

The Problem With FA Cup Shocks...

...is that the draw for the next round is pretty shocking. Blackburn v Stoke, anybody? We also have mails on LVG and ManUnited, who drew plenty under Fergie...

You're Man Utd, For Crying Out Loud!

Defending a 0-0 draw with Cambridge on the grounds that other teams lost to lower-league opposition is not befitting of Man United. We're inclined to agree with Mailboxers...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company