Allardyce ‘chuffed’ as West Ham end winless streak

first_img1 West Ham manager Sam Allardyce was ‘chuffed’ to see his side halt a seven-game winless run with a hard fought 1-0 victory over Sunderland at Upton Park.Diafra Sakho struck an 88th minute winner to finally inject some life into a dull encounter in east London, as new Sunderland head coach Dick Advocaat tasted defeat in his first game in charge of the relegation-threatened Black Cats.The Irons, who were in and around the top teams earlier in the campaign, have seen their hopes of challenging for the European places slip away following a streak which included three successive defeats.But Allardyce, who responded to suggestions from club vice-chairman Karren Brady his side have underachieved in recent games, is still upbeat as his side look to finish as high in the standings as they can with eight games remaining.“It is nice to get a win to make everyone’s life a little more comfortable this weekend. We are really chuffed,” said the Hammers boss.“The performances have been there, but the results have not over the past ten or 11 games. We just have not been able to find the victory we deserved.“Even though wins have eluded us, we are on 42 points, which is the same total as last year, and we are heading for probably the best total we have had since we have been back in the Premier League.“Anybody who wants more than that, I don’t know why they can ask for more.”It was a turgid clash at the Boleyn Ground, with little class to speak of until Sakho finally put the ball in the back of the net.There was a hint of a foul on a Sunderland player in the build-up to that goal, but Allardyce added that it was about time his side got the rub of the green.“Even though the game at times was a bit scrappy, we deserved it,” he said.“Yes, there was probably a foul, but it is about time something went our way rather than against us.“When things are going for you, they go for you, when they go against you they can be devastating for you.“But on the back of the poor decisions we have had over the past ten games, it was about time one went in our favour.“This win now puts us in a better frame of mind going into the international break.“We want to get all of our players back fit now, we won’t have Andy Carroll or James Tomkins for the rest of the season, so these other guys will make the squad stronger.“Our run-in suggests we can win some more games, to push on and finish as high as we can.” West Ham manager Sam Allardyce last_img read more

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