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West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce hails 'wonderful' treble over Tottenham Hotspur
West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce praised his team’s “wonderful” season treble over Spurs following their 2-0 win at Upton Park.
The Hammers had never beaten their London rivals three times in the same season but secured the record thanks to a Harry Kane own goal and a Stewart Downing free-kick after Younes Kaboul had been sent off for the visitors mid-way through the first half.
Allardyce admitted afterwards he had hopes of securing the record win after victories in the league and Capital One Cup at White Hart Lane earlier this season.
He said: “I thought it would be wonderful if we could do the treble. Particularly under the circumstances as we haven’t won in four games.
“To do it over them on the third occasion in our last home game and do it with an excellent performance from our players – I know they went down to ten men but to take full advantage of that as well - was a fantastic day for us and a great way to finish the season here and send the fans home happy.
“The fans were right behind us from start to finish because they knew we were playing well and deserved a victory in the end and, but for Lloris, I think it would have been far more. But 2-0 is more than satisfying for us against a team that is fighting to get in the Champions League.”
Allardyce has received criticism from some sections of the West Ham faithful over the team’s style of play this season, but the manager insisted the club's supporters are on-side.
He said: “The fans sound their disapproval and they’re quite entitled to – I’ve always said that – but they get behind you when there is something to get behind.
“They didn’t stop singing today and the players enjoyed it out there. We couldn’t have asked for anything more than what we got today.”