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Tuesday 02 October 2012

Sam Allardyce delighted by 'splendid' West Ham victory

West Ham manager lauds team after first away win of season adds to QPR's woes

Ricardo Vaz Te, on floor, scores West Ham United's second against Queens Park Rangers

QPR 1-2 West Ham

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West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce was delighted after his side secured their first away win in the Barclays Premier League this season with 2-1 victory against Queens Park Rangers

Record signing Matt Jarvis gave West Ham the lead in the third minute that Ricardo Vaz Te doubled during the first half and although substitute Adel Taarabt pulled one back after the break for QPR, West Ham held on for a win that propels them to seventh in the table.

"As the underdogs to come to QPR and take the game to them was great to see"
Sam Allardyce

"We've achieved our first Barclays Premier League [away] win, which is no mean feat for a newly-promoted team," said Allardyce. "The outstanding qualities we showed today both in our ability to take the game to the opposition away from home and our ability to score goals was fantastic to see.

"As the underdogs, having just been promoted, to come to QPR and take the game to them and dominate that first half was great to see. If I had to say anything, I was a little bit disappointed we didn't get more than two.

"I was concerned ultimately when they scored their goal we were going to pay the price for that, but in the end we didn't of course.

"We knew somewhere down the line the game would change with the substitutes, but we didn't expect Taarabt to score a wonderful goal.

"It was a great, great goal and obviously put their tails up but our resilience came in. Our defensive qualities came to the forefront as we have shown for most of the season.

"We eventually saw the game out and I am little disappointed we didn't finish them off, but absolutely delighted we won the game and deservedly so."

Hughes still confident of improvement

QPR’s attempts to end their winless start to the Premier League was not helped by the sending-off of substitute Samba Diakite 15 minutes from time but Mark Hughes believes that he can turn his side around and lift from the bottom of the table.

"We have had a big investment and we're looking to improve this year and we will," the QPR manager said. "It is very, very early days but until we get positive results on the board then obviously everything is up for debate and a focus begins to come on the club as a whole.

"First half we were just off the pace for whatever reason"
Mark Hughes

"We just need to start winning football matches. If we do that, it goes away."

To do so, Hughes admitted that his side’s first-half performance cannot be repeated.

“We were very poor, certainly first half, where we were second to every ball and didn't really get anywhere near the level that we need to get near to get positive results in the Premier League," he added. "First half we were just off the pace for whatever reason. Second half we made a better fist of it.

“In fact when Adel scored a great goal that got us a little bit of momentum and at that point I could see us getting a second goal.

"But obviously the sending-off has completely killed that momentum and that point it was very, very difficult for us. We're desperately disappointing on the basis of the first-half performance because we've been much better than that."

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Key Points

  • Sam Allardyce delighted as West Ham claim first away win against QPR
  • QPR boss Mark Hughes disappointed with first-half display in 2-1 defeat
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