West Ham: Allardyce praises his Spanish stopper

By Rob Virtue on February 11, 2014 11:39 PM |

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West Ham boss Sam Allardyce said his side cannot take their foot off the gas after an all important victory at the expense of Norwich City with a 2-0 win at Upton Park on Tuesday evening.

Speaking after the match, Allardyce said: "It's a hard earned victory for us, a very difficult game to win.

"The way Norwich played, particularly in the second half, was good but I'm absolutely delighted we have three wins on the trot.

"It's a terrific run of form we're in considering where we started off this run and where we were in the league and the trouble before that.

"There is a distance between us and the bottom three but not in terms of points so we've got to try and get more points as quickly as possible."

Big Sam also had high praise for West Ham shot stopper Adrian who produced another man of the match performance and preserve the Hammers accolade of being the team with the most clean sheets this season thus far.

"He was fantastic today," said the manager. "It's the first time he's been called upon to make them type of saves for the last four or five matches.

"It was really important for us, and its vitally important for us to have your keeper in top form and I think he's done that in the end."

The Canaries had the best chances of the game with Bradley Johnson and Gary Hooper both having one on ones cancelled out by Spanish keeper Adrian.

In the second half, Mohammed Diame had the chance to put West Ham 1-0 to the good at a much earlier stage. The Senegalese was face to face with John Ruddy, but the England international prevailed.

In the final five minutes of the game, Diame's inviting cross found the head of James Collins, who towered above everybody and claim his first goal of the season.

On the stroke of full time, Diame ran the length of the pitch to find himself in the area, with his side footed effort defelcting off Bradley Johnson and into a gapping net.

The Hammers are now unbeaten in five and will now have the pleasure of some warm weather training in Dubai, with no game being played this weekend.

West Ham's next fixture is another home game against eighth place Southampton.

Jack Pinnock

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