West Ham spirit pleases Allardyce

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has praised the spirit of his side after they came from behind twice to earn a 2-2 draw at Hull City on Monday, Sky Sports has reported.

Home goalkeeper Allan McGregor was forced into a miraculous save before Hull opened the scoring six minutes before half time as their new record signing Abel Hernandez headed home Ahmed Elmohamady’s cross.

The Hammers were level shortly after the break when Ecuador World Cup star Enner Valencia cracked a blistering shot into the net from 25 yards. Hull regained their lead as former West Ham midfielder Mohamed Diame capitalised on a poor throw-in from Aaron Cresswell, but they were pegged back within two minutes as Curtis Davies diverted Diafra Sakho’s shot into his own net.

After what was an entertaining game, Allardyce hailed West Ham’s character, and also had praise for Valencia. He said: “It was a bit hair-raising for me when you go down twice, but we came back and showed great character.

“To play away from home and go 1-0 down, when there wasn’t anything between the teams in the first half. But what a goal from Enner Valencia. I think everyone has seen why we have bought him now. It was a terrific strike, brilliant power and accuracy.

“It was a very good performance from the team and I think they will only get better as they get to know each other more.”

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