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Big Sam's tactical triumph

Filed: Monday, 7th October 2013
By: Staff Writer

Sam Allardyce was a happy man after watching his team thrash neighbours Tottenham in their own back yard.

Allardyce took a huge risk by introducing a completely new system - a variation of the Spanish 'False Nine' set-up - but it paid off handsomely as his West Ham side ran out comfortable winners, courtesy of three second half goals from Winston Reid, Ricardo Vaz Te and Ravel Morrison.

"We've put three points on the board in style by the way we've played and the way we set the tactics out," said a delighted Big Sam. "We frustrated Tottenham, frustrated their fans and scored three different types of goals.

"The corner got us 1-0 up with a little bit of luck, but we deserved that luck because Kevin Nolan has run into the right area, as did Vaz for the second. Then there was a bit of outstanding genius from Ravel Morrison. You'd be hard-pushed to see a better goal than that this season, let alone this month.

"Make no mistake about it, we deserved the win because Tottenham have only conceded two goals all season in eleven matches. We know the strength of our team and know that no matter how good the opposition players are and how much they've spent - in excess of 100 million [in Tottenham's case] - that our team unity out of possession will nullify talent."

And despite having been involved in some memorable wins during his two years at the Club - including a play-off Final win and the comprehensive defeat of Chelsea at the Boleyn Ground last season - Allardyce believes that this was his biggest coup yet since succeeding Avram Grant.

"I think that is my best result as West Ham manager," he said. "To come to Spurs and see the team that they have assembled this year, having spent over 100 million, that was a magnificent victory.

"For us, that's probably the best result I've had since we've been in the Premier League."

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