Upton Park

Next Game

West Ham v C Palace

Saturday, 19 April 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Emirates Stadium

Last Game

Arsenal 3 - 1 West Ham

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 19:45

Barclays Prem

Allardyce fears the big boys

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is realistic ahead of a tricky run of fixtures that begins at Tottenham on Sunday.

Last Updated: 23/11/12 at 16:39 Post Comment   

Sam Allardyce is preparing for a tough festive period for the Hammers

Sam Allardyce is preparing for a tough festive period for the Hammers

The Hammers visit White Hart Lane sitting in seventh place in the Premier League and two points above their hosts, but Allardyce admits his side's best may still not be enough.

After the trip to north London, Allardyce's men then face Chelsea, West Brom, Everton and Arsenal, all of whom are in the top six after 12 games.

He said: "We know we are in a very good position but this run of fixtures could cause us a few problems.

"I think we will play well and I do not think we will let ourselves down but we could play our best in the next four games and lose all four. If Tottenham, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool are all at their best then it is going to be very difficult for us.

"I think that the players at this football club worked very hard last year to play in fixtures like the ones coming up.

"It is always a massive challenge for a newly-promoted side to face the likes of Manchester United but I think it is a challenge that the players look forward to.

"It is all about accumulating the points and continuing to pick them up as often as possible. If we carry on to do this then we will move towards a points total that will ensure safety."

Very special

Allardyce is hoping the London derby ends with their current narrow advantage over Spurs widening by a further three points.

"I think that local derbies are always very special," he said.

"They are games that the fans and the players always enjoy and our hope is that we can come away with a few positive results. I hope we can take our game to Tottenham and cause them a few problems."

According to Allardyce his squad is brimming with confidence ahead of the trip to White Hart Lane and believes it is his task to keep the momentum going.

When asked if a win over Spurs would give West Ham confidence for the remainder of the season Allardyce said: "I think we have got it now.

"We are a third of the way through the season and we have produced a high level of performance so we have the confidence and belief to keep that going.

"I have got to keep driving the players on and I have to strive to make the players even better. My aim is to ensure that the players continue to play well and improve.

"The squad was put together in the summer and a lot of new players came in so we will continue to grow as we get to know each other better."

Related News

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

may well get slated by other United fans for this, but out of the three contenders, I'd far prefer Liverpool to win the title. Yes some elements of their fanbase can be a bit OTT, yes they're our biggest rivals and yes it will make our poor season feel even more like the end of an era (Fergie's gone, Liverpool are back on top). However I just have to applaud Brendan Rodgers and the way he's turned Liverpool around in just a couple of seasons. It...

Mike_Christie
Please Stop Telling Us What To Think

H

ooray! We are all excited now, we beat a very mediocre team! With all due respect to WHU supporters, not winning that game shouldn't even be a consideration. This is the problem, there is no winning mentality at the Emirates - we're all congratulating ourselves beating a team that we have a winning record against.

TheWhiz
Wenger hails important win

I

s this meant to be an aspiration for United supporters? Moyes mediocrity strikes again. I see the Bayern boys don't want to sign for him, and his reputation amongst the senior European coaches make other key signings unlikely.

redbornandbred
De Gea's Europa League target

Footer 365

Contract news: Tim Howard has been handed an extension to his Everton contract

Tim Howard will be staying with Everton until at least 2018 after agreeing a two-year extension to his contract.

Neymar and Jordi Alba will miss the bulk of the remainder of the season

Barcelona forward Neymar has been ruled out for up to a month due to a left foot injury.

Transfer news: Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino warns off Luke Shaw suitors

Mauricio Pochettino says in-demand defender Luke Shaw will be staying at Southampton.

Mail Box

Mignolet Is The Reason For Liverpool Flying

Mignolet's bad kicking is the reason for Liverpool's success, whilst one man keep notes on F365 mails. Plus England excitement, Arteta and a bad Walsall experience...

City: Bottle Jobs, A Laughing Stock...

There are some harsh words for Manchester City and Manuel Pellegrini in the Mailbox this morning, as well as some rather nicer ones for Tony Pulis and his magic hat...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property