Next Game

West Ham v W Bremen

Sunday, 02 August 2015, 15:00

Friendly Match

Upton Park

Last Game

West Ham 2 - 2 FC Astra

Thursday, 30 July 2015, 19:45

Europa League Qual Third Round

Allardyce applauds winning run

Sam Allardyce is delighted with West Ham United's form as they recorded a third successive Premier League win for the first time in seven years, beating Norwich 2-0 on Tuesday night.

Last Updated: 12/02/14 at 07:27 Post Comment

West Ham were teetering on the brink of the relegation zone going into the game, level on points with their opponents, but victory sees them rocket up to 10th in the top flight standings.

Allardyce was made to sweat for the three points as West Ham left it until the final six minutes to break the deadlock.

Substitute Mohamed Diame provided a precision cross for James Collins to head home his first Premier League goal in six years.

With Norwich committing all their men to attack, Diame doubled the tally in added time, racing the length of the field before slotting beyond John Ruddy, with the aid of a deflection.

"We are delighted in the end because it was a hell of a game Norwich gave us tonight," Allardyce told Sky Sports.

"It was a really hard fought game but I think in the end our goalkeeper has kept us in the game and then the set pieces have put us on the right track.

"Obviously when you score that late on it's difficult for the opposition to come back and when they throw everybody forward, Mo Diame was able to finish it off for us."

West Ham are now unbeaten in four and Allardyce admits the mood in the dressing room is one of elation.

Great mood

"It was a great end to a great run of fixtures for us," he added.

"We have a few days now where we can regroup, there is a lot of tired legs but not so many tired minds.

"We are in a great mood at the moment and this is a really big and hard-earned three points for us."

Another clean sheet for Adrian in the West Ham goal further underlined their defensive authority, which has seen them keep sides goalless in half of their fixtures this term.

Goals have been hard to come by for the Hammers, but their recent upturn in form has impressed Allardyce as both defence and attack click into place.

"Thirteen is an unbelievable figure when you've been struggling in the league," he said.

"It's all been about not enough goals but now we've started to score and for us it's about getting both ends right now.

"We've always had it defensively right apart from when we had a group of injuries to the central defenders and full-backs but now the defenders are back."

He added: "We are defending extremely well and we are starting to take our chances.

"We didn't have many tonight so it's nice to see us taking them when we don't have many."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

Y

ou can't blame De Gea for wanting to leave, he has enough to do in front of goal as it is as well as taking on the role of Man Utd's version of Derek Acorah in trying to contact and organise a defence that isn't there.

rodger's gusset
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

I

f you want to take six points off Arsenal, then that's a great strike force. Can't imagine either of them showing much for the rest of the season though...

foot in mouth
Adebayor & Berbatov: You Have To Admire The Balls

L

ooks like Real get their man, most likely at their own valuation, yet again. Resistance is futile.

paul7702
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

Footer 365

Digne agent denies Liverpool talks

Lucas Digne's agent has denied reports he has held talks with Liverpool regarding a move to Anfield for the Paris Saint-Germain left-back.

Mourinho scuppered Reds' Costa move

A new biography has revealed how Jose Mourinho scuppered Liverpool's bid to sign Diego Costa - a year before he arrived in west London.

Ramos 'extends' Real Madrid contract

Manchester United's pursuit of Sergio Ramos is over after the centre-back agreed a new contract extension at Real Madrid.

Mail Box

De Gea Disrespectful? Remember RVP...

We got dozens of mails from people pointing and laughing at Brian D for suggesting David de Gea has acted disrespectfully; we printed some. And there's more...

Getting Tired Of De Gea's Disrespect

One Manchester United fan is growing weary of David de Gea's disrespect. Plus thoughts on Southampton's summer, Balotelli loan, and Depay in the centre. Why?

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