West Ham: Chelsea draw was as good as Spurs thrashing, says Allardyce

By Rob Virtue on January 30, 2014 7:21 AM |

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Sam Allardyce said he rated West Ham's draw at Chelsea just as good as the 3-0 away win at Tottenham Hotspur nearly three months ago.

A resilient performance earned an extremely valuable point against the title contenders as the match ended in a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening.

"The 3-0 win at Tottenham was the best result, having not won there for about 15 years," said Allardyce.

"This one probably equals it with the position we were in and the injuries we've had. We've overcome a bit of stick with the position we're in, but what a fantastic resilient performance from the players today.

"I thought we frustrated a team full of world class players.

"Tactically we got it right and in two areas particularly. One was stopping Hazard, Oscar, Willian and the other one was stop them scoring from set plays which they're very good at. On that count, we limited there chances and did a fantastic job."

The former Bolton and Newcastle chief also gave huge praise to goalkeeper Adrian, who has now firmly cemented his spot as West Ham's number one keeper, overtaking veteran Jussi Jaaskelainen.

"He was outstanding when he needed to be," said Allardyce. "I do think he didn't have that many shots to save today.

"That was down to the good defence, but when we needed him he was outstanding on the calmness and the quality of the saves he had to make."

John Terry's header from point blank range, and Samuel Eto'o effort were two brilliant saves that the summer acquisition from Real Betis had to make. Midfield maestro, Oscar, also rattled the crossbar with his exquisite curling shot.

Former Hammer, Frank Lampard, was expertly kept out by Adrian right at the death, when the England international found himself in acres of space.

West ham will by hoping their season gathers momentum.

After gaining four points from their last two away games, the Hammers are back on home turf when they take on Europa League competitors, Swansea City at Upton Park on Saturday in the day's early kick off.

Jack Pinnock

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