English Premiership

Allardyce savouring the moment

2014-12-22 08:13
Sam Allardyce (File)
Cape Town - West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is determined to "enjoy the moment", with his side flying high in the Premier League after their 2-0 win over Leicester on Saturday.

Goals from Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing either side of the break secured all three points for the Hammers and left them fourth in the league standings.

The east London club have not experienced such heights since the 1985/86 season when they ended up finishing in third place, and Allardyce is keen to revel in the occasion.

The 60-year-old insists that consistency is the key to maintaining their league position, and his players' resolve is set to be firmly tested during the next two fixtures, against Chelsea and Arsenal.

"It's not often a team are breaking the barriers everybody else doesn't expect them to break," said Allardyce.

"You should enjoy the moment and continue to enjoy the moment for as long as it lasts. Hopefully it will last for a good while yet.

"We've sustained our position between sixth and fourth in recent weeks. We've a considerable amount of games now. The end of January will tell us what we can possibly achieve.

"It's about the consistency of winning and that is what we've got to challenge ourselves to try to do. You can't afford to slip up too many times if you've played well and you don't win, because you'll end up slipping away and out of the elite end of this league.

"At the moment we're living with it, we're enjoying it and the players who have applied themselves magnificently well all season are reaping the rewards.

"We've had a very good day. Everybody expected us to win. We have won. That gives us a little bit of leeway for the next two coming up."


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