West Ham start ‘exceptionally good’, says Allardyce

West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce has stated that his side’s start to life back in the Premier League has been ‘exceptionally good’. The Upton Park club are eighth in the table with 11 points, something Allardyce is delighted with.

Some Hammers fans criticised the appointment of Allardyce, referring to the long-ball approach adopted during his success at Bolton Wanderers. The West Ham boss has turned his critics around and Hammers fans are now looking up the table, confident of surviving in the Premier League this season and stopping their trend of bouncing between the top-flight and the Championship. In assessing his side’s opening eight games, Allardyce admitted that they were poor away at Swansea, but has no complaints with what he is achieving so far.

Allardyce said: “Our only real disappointment was the Swansea away game where we got beat comfortably 3-0 in the end, but every other performance and every other result has been very, very good in accumulating 11 points in 7 games equals a good start for us having only just got back into the Premier League”.

The former Newcastle United boss highlighted a few key players that have helped the club’s progression from last season, namely Winston Reid. The New Zealand international has been a rock at the heart of the West Ham defence and Allardyce praised Reid’s resiliency to bounce back from relegation in his first season at Upton Park to produce consistent performances for West Ham.

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