Uncle Sam hailed as West Ham Unitedís reason for success

12/2/12 in Soccer   |   KurtKingsley   |   1858 respect

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West Ham United have made a superb impact in the English Premier League since their return to the top tier of football. Players and management from Upton Park have credited manager Sam Allardyce for West Ham United’s rejuvenation, which has helped them to 8th place after 15 games.
The Hammers recorded a big win over Chelsea on Saturday night by hammering them 3-1 at Upton Park. West Ham United striker Carlton Cole labeled Sam Allardyce as the man responsible for big win over the Champions League winning side.
Chelsea drew first blood in the game through Juan Mata in the first half, but they found themselves stunned by the change of tactics in the second half. Sam Allardyce introduced Mohamed Diame, who became West Ham United’s man of the match.
Carlton Cole leveled the game near the hour mark and Mohamed Diame gave West Ham United the lead with his goal in the 86th minute. Modibo Maiga sealed West Ham United’s victory during injury time with a third goal for Hammers.
“I’ve got to put it down to the gaffer’s tactics, we were a bit defensive in the first half,” Carlton Cole praised Sam Allardyce. “We switched it around and put on some attacking players. Momo came on and did brilliantly and changed the game for us.”
Carlton Cole was brought into the first in place of the injured Andy Carroll. The striker was pleased with his goal and hoped his new found would help West Ham United with more victories.
“I haven’t had a good time in the Prem of late. I just knew if I kept working hard and training hard the goal would come,” Carlton Cole added.
Mohamed Diame also had words of praise for Sam Allardyce. The forward admitted Sam Allardyce was right to start him off the bench even though he was willing to feature in the starting line-up.
“I played the two games against Tottenham and Man Utd I think I needed the rest,” Mohamed Diame said. “After this game we are going to get confidence and keep going. I think we did well today. It is a great result for us.”
Sam Allardyce was pleased to see his plan work against Chelsea. The former Blackburn Rovers manager was happy with his decision to bring Mohamed Diame at halftime.
“We started okay but when they scored we just lost our confidence. I think we lost our momentum,” Sam Allardyce said. “I just needed to make some changes, bring in some fresh legs. It was all about playing in the opposition’s half, playing off Carlton Cole. I felt he was itching for a real good game.”
“They can really enjoy their week now, have a bit of a rest the next few days and then come back ready for the Liverpool.”
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