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Allardyce delighted with stylish victory

17 August 2013 20:23

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce believes that the style of his side's 2-0 victory over Cardiff City on Saturday proved a point.

With Allardyce's sides often having been labelled with a long-ball tag in the past, the West Ham manager was pleased with not only the quality of the performance but also the nature of the goals from Joe Cole and Kevin Nolan as they started with a valuable win.

Allardyce also suggested it could, and probably should, have been a more convincing scoreline at Upton Park.

"We've perhaps not taken as many chances as we would have liked but that doesn't matter. It's a 2-0 victory, it's a clean sheet and it's two very good goals," he said.

"It's that old adage about us playing one up front, which is a load of bull.

"Sometimes we play one up front when we play Manchester United, most teams do, but when we play here we play with a front three.

"That was abundant today, so let's hope that continues at Newcastle next week and we pick more points up."

Cole was singled out for special praise by his manager after his 13th-minute goal put the home side ahead against the Premier League newcomers.

And another player who impressed Allardyce was recent signing Stewart Downing, who replaced Matt Jarvis after 71 minutes.

Speaking about Cole, Allardyce said: "Timing his runs and knowing where to run is what Joe is all about."

While on his latest acquisition, Downing, he added: "It was pretty exciting what he contributed and he's glad to be here, which is the most important thing."

Allardyce also confirmed that Downing began his first game at West Ham on the bench because of a lack of match fitness, while Andy Carroll is still struggling with a heel injury.

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Competition
Premier League
Date
17 August 2013
Game week
1
Kick-off
16:00
Half-time
1 - 0
Full-time
2 - 0
Venue
Boleyn Ground (London)
Attendance
34977

Goals

J. Cole 13'
(assist by M. Jarvis) 
1 - 0
K. Nolan 76'
(assist by M. Noble) 
2 - 0

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Substitutes

# Player Bookings
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18
12
5
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15
# Player Bookings
15
23
18
5
19
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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 8 +15 22
2 8 +10 17
3 8 +14 16
4 8 +4 13
5 8 +1 13
6 8 +3 12
7 8 +2 11
8 8 +1 11
9 8 -1 11
10 8 -1 11
11 8 +0 10
12 8 -8 10
13 8 +0 9
14 8 -1 9
15 8 -2 9
16 8 -3 8
17 8 -7 8
18 8 -6 7
19 8 -9 4
20 8 -12 4

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