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Allardyce delighted with West Ham performance

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By Stephen Donovan

Sunday 24 August 2014

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce was elated with the quality of his side’s performance as they won 3-1 at Crystal Palace to register their first points of the season, Sky Sports has reported.

Sam Allardyce

The Irons were in control of the game throughout the opening half, and made the breakthrough after 34 minutes when summer signing Mauro Zarate volleyed expertly into the net from just outside the penalty area. His first-time shot came after an attempted cross deflected into his path.

Srewart Downing soon added a second when he cut inside from the right and shot low past Julian Speroni. After the interval, James Tomkins almost made it three when his header his the crossbar, before Marouane Chamakh pulled one back for the troubled hosts with a powerful strike.

Despite some Palace pressure, West Ham wrapped up the points when Carlton Cole slammed home after a free-kick was not dealt with by the home defence, leaving Allardyce delighted. After the game, he said: "I think that tactically we were outstanding today. Within those tactics the players have to play well and they certainly did.

"Last week we didn't have the cutting edge, but our finishing was of outstanding quality this week. If we had one of those quality finishes last week, then we’d probably have six points. It's a fantastic performance as well as a fantastic result for us, and three very good goals have seen Crystal Palace off."

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