Thursday, 1st May, 2014

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has shrugged off criticism of the team and himself by explaining that six clubs in the Premier League would rather be in the Hammers' position.

Allardyce's side currently sit 14th in the Premier League standings, ahead of West Brom, Aston Villa, Sunderland, Norwich, Fulham and Cardiff.

On 37 points, five clear of the drop zone, West Ham are all but safe. However, Allardyce has been criticised for his style of football, along with the fact the Hammers have lost their last four games in a row.

But the former Bolton manager does not accept it is all doom and gloom.


"Since the end of the transfer window, we're in the top half of the table for points gained, we're 14th in the league, six teams are below us who'd like to be where we are, and that's the reality", he said via his club's site.

"Disappointment is always expressed in many different ways and the only way to stop the disappointment is to go and win a football match.

"Of course it [the criticism] bothers you, but you don't let it affect your clear thinking. You concentrate on the players and make sure they continue to strive to get better and better", Allardyce concluded.

West Ham finish their Premier League campaign with fixtures against Tottenham (home) and Manchester City (away).

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