Allardyce sets sights on Spurs win
Published 20/11/2012 | 14:04
Sam Allardyce has warned West Ham are in a good position to pull off their first victory at Tottenham in 13 years on Sunday.
The Hammers, who were promoted in the summer via the npower Championship play-offs, have defied all expectations so far this season and currently sit in joint sixth position in the Barclays Premier League after 12 matches.
West Ham have not won at White Hart Lane since Ian Wright and Marc Keller guided them to victory in 1999, but Allardyce told talkSPORT after Monday night's 1-1 draw against Stoke: "We have to say we are a little more consistent (than Tottenham) if we have more points than them."
He added: "Every game is a tough game for us but I thought we did extremely well against Stoke based on the injuries we had.
"We have played 12 matches and we are (joint) sixth in the table with 19 points.
"Sixth in the table is a pretty good start for anyone, let alone a team that has just been promoted."
Some West Ham fans voiced their concerns over Allardyce's playing style when he was appointed as manager in June last year, but the Hammers faithful now appear to have taken the 58-year-old to heart.
West Ham played some thrilling attacking football at times in the second half on Monday - quashing fears the game would turn in to a long ball fest.
"We had the fans on the edge of their seats right from the start up until the very end," Allardyce said.
"We had Stoke hanging on in the end, we just couldn't find a winner that we deserved. We recovered well after going behind and created lots of chances."