Latest West Ham News

Latest West Ham News

West Ham boss: Stoke have underachieved this season so far

08:25 19 November 2012

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce during the 0-0 draw against Manchester City. Photo credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce during the 0-0 draw against Manchester City. Photo credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce believes Stoke will feel they have under-achieved in the Barclays Premier League so far this season.

Allardyce welcomes Tony Pulis’ side to Upton Park tomorrow night with the Potters sitting 14th in the table having collected only two wins this term.

The Hammers have picked up six more points than tomorrow’s visitors and, although Allardyce knows his side face a challenge, he reckons Pulis will feel Stoke should be further up the table.

“Tony Pulis’ team are well drilled and disciplined in the way they want to play,” Allardyce said. “I think that they get the defensive side of it right, as I try to do as well.

“I think the improvement in the quality of their players has made them an established Premier League side now.

“I think Tony probably thinks they are under-achieving a bit at the minute with the team he has built over the last few years. He had a more difficult start to the season in terms of fixtures than we did, so I’m sure they’ll get back to winning ways, but I hope it’s not on Monday.”

Pulis has earned plaudits for the way he has kept Stoke in the top flight on a small budget since guiding them to promotion in 2008.

Allardyce feels the way Pulis works alongside chairman Peter Coates has been key to the continued success at the Britannia Stadium.

He said: “I think it’s true that Tony Pulis has had a great relationship with his owner and that relationship has borne fruit, particularly because they have backed him and know that they can trust him.

“I think that trust has given him the finance to build year in, year out and that has made them what they are today. They have improved every year in terms of the quality of player that they have brought in.

“I think that’s why they’ve been successful, along with the team spirit they have and how organised they are. That relationship, buying wisely and maximising resources has borne fruit for Stoke City.”

After winning five of their opening 11 league matches since earning promotion through the play-offs Allardyce believes the rest of the Premier League are now starting to sit up and take notice of the Hammers.

“I think so. I think that, at the end of the day, when you continue to get results then people cannot ignore what you’re doing, both as a manager and a group of players and coaching staff,” he said.

“From our point of view, most of us have been here (in the Premier League) before - certainly I have for a long time and we know the position we’re in is a very good one.

“But we know only a quarter of the season has gone. It’s early days and a lot can happen between now and the end of the season.

“If we’re around this position going into the last six or seven games, then that’s a great season. At the moment, it’s a great start and that’s all it is.”

Related articles

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest West Ham news

Wednesday, May 4, 2016
West Ham United's Emmanuel Emenike sees his shot bounce off the post and almost cross the goal line.

With just a handful of Premier League matches left clubs are already plotting their summer incomings ahead of the 2016/17 season.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Portugal's Ricardo Carvalho and Belgium's Michy Batshuayi fight for the ball (Credit: Virginie Lefour)

Michy Batshuayi says his ‘future is at Marseille’ amid constant rumours that Tottenham and West Ham will battle for his services this summer.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016
West Ham United's Dimitri Payet celebrates scoring their fifth goal of the game with team-mate Aaron Cresswell (right) during the Emirates FA Cup, fifth round match at Ewood Park, Blackburn.

The Fantasy Premier League season is coming to an end and this double gameweek is your last big chance to close the gap at the top of your leagues. Here are the questions you have to ask yourself:

Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Do you recognise any of these people?

A gang of unruly West Ham fans caused havoc on a train from London to Manchester after breaking into a buffet car to nick as much alcohol as they could.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
West Ham United's Mark Noble celebrates scoring his side's third goal of the game with Andy Carroll (pic: Nick Potts/PA)

It was a mixed weekend for London’s clubs with two wins, a draw and of course the memorable 2-2 between Chelsea and Spurs but who did enough to make our team of the week?

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Read more
Yummy traditional afternoon teas for two

MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Traditional Afternoon Teas for two at a location of your choice! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Read more

Latest Tech News

Transport