• by Staff Writer
  • Wednesday, 9th October 2013

Neil McDonald has revealed that the West Ham dressing room was 'buzzing' following Sunday's 3-0 win at Tottenham.

Sam Allardyce's right hand man, speaking exclusively to in our latest podcast (which you may download here) explained how the whole camp was cock-a-hoop following the unexpected - yet most welcome - thrashing of our Champions League-chasing neighbours.

"When we got back in the changing room everyone was buzzing because we had a game plan, a different formation and we were playing against a very good team who had only conceded two goals in 11 games," said McDonald. "To score three and outplay them gives everyone so much confidence and so much belief.

"After Ravel scored the third goal I've never seen a stadium empty so quickly in all my life! But to see our supporters jumping about in the corner celebrating was fantastic. Obviously we hadn't beaten Spurs at their place since 1999, which is a long time ago.

"We've got to try and take that into the next game, whatever formation we play. We've got to show the same application and be as clinical in front of goal."

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"We played almost like a 4-4-2, but not with two up top as we played them wide. We looked to pack the midfield, but we wanted to have the option up front so that if we did pass it through midfield there was always one [available]. Not right through the middle, but playing between the centre-half and the full back who we'd hit and work off.

"We had three really good days of preparation and working on it. The boys never complained that we didn't have someone playing up front. We felt we could have so much rotation with the midfield players; if one midfield player ran forward we'd have someone behind him, if one went wide the other could come inside and cover their position.

"I think it worked really well. It really frustrated them [Tottenham] and their style of play and I think the shock of [us] playing that system took them a good half-an-hour to get used to it."

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