Allardyce happy with another West Ham away win

westham.jpgGoals from substitutes Carlton Cole and Frederic Piquionne made Sam Allardyce a happy man as West Ham's impressive away form this season continued at Coventry.

Saturday's 2-1 win over the Midlands' side kept the Hammers in second spot in the Championship and gave Allardyce a boost as he plans the next phase of the campaign.

The Irons' boss is now plotting his January shopping spree, but he admitted he needs his small squad to stay fit until the window opens on New Year's Day.

He said: "We have to dig deep physically and mentally because the games will start coming thick and fast and there won't be any more breaks. Now it is nitty-gritty time and we have to keep going and going, and producing all the time, game after game.

"We are right on the button. We want to do better than two points a game. Then if we have a slip up here and there we have a cushion to cover that particular period. At the moment we are right on the nose of what we need.

"Pressure will stay with us whether we are at the top or in the second position we are in. Everyone expects us to be there. That is the pressure we have to live with.

"We can only do what we do and that is win football matches. Whatever anyone else does is not in our control. As long as we keep playing the way we are playing and getting results that is all we are concerned about."

sp-jun2-allardyce.jpgWest Ham came from a goal down to win at the Ricoh Arena, roared on by a travelling contigent of 6,000 fans. Allardyce paid tribute to the supporters, who in recent seasons have had little to cheer about on away days.

He said: "It was an outstanding contribution from them.

"For a few years they haven't been used to a nice journey home. They have only lost one away this season so they feel their money is well spent at the moment and that means there is more and more of them wanting to travel away. It made for a terrific atmosphere."

Allardyce will be expecting a similar performance from players and fans with this Saturday's visit of Derby County to the Boleyn Ground.