Allardyce plays down talk of top four finish for high-flying West Ham

first_imgWest Ham manager Sam Allardyce believes it’s too soon in the season for his side to be thinking about securing European football, despite their 3-1 win over Swansea lifting them up to third in the Premier League.The Hammers came from behind to win at the Boleyn Ground in fine style, thanks to a headed brace from fit-again Andy Carroll and another from returning striker Diafra Sakho.It marks the first time the club have recorded eight victories before Christmas since the 1998/99 season under Harry Redknapp.And while Carroll told talkSPORT there is no reason why West Ham can’t claim a European spot this term, Allardyce refused to get carried away with their lofty position.“It’s a bit early yet, many things can happen over the Christmas period,” said the Hammers boss.“The position we’re in at the moment is something we didn’t expect, but we must accept that we’re here because we deserve to be.“What the players have to think now is what they can do to maintain this position for as long as possible, we have to almost reset our ambition and goals for the season.“To stay at this level our performances have to be almost at 100 per-cent every game, whereas the Manchester City’s and the Chelsea’s of this league can sometimes win a game after half an hour and conserve their energy, so that’s the difficulty.“We’re not at that level yet, but we’re in a really good position in that if we play at our best we can beat anybody at this moment in time.“We’re the only team to win three on the trot during this tough period, only Manchester United [who play Southampton on Monday] can match us, and that’s the huge importance of these three results.“It’s been a fabulous season so far, so let’s hope we can keep it going into Christmas and the New Year.”last_img

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