Allardyce prepared to sacrifice West Ham season for cup final

Sam Allardyce

Irons boss Sam Allardyce has admitted that he would prioritise Capital One Cup success over league points.

Ahead of this weekend's home game against Aston Villa, West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce has admitted that he would sacrifice league form, if it meant the Irons ending the season having made the cup final.

Following West Ham's 2-0 triumph over Championship trailblazers Burnley, the East London side were drawn away to arch rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the quarter final of the Capital One Cup.

Having beat Spurs by three goals to nil in October, Allardyce has allowed himself to dream of league cup glory.

"I’d trade a decent league position for a final. Not for a semi or a quarter - only a final place," Allardyce said.

"Having experienced a play-off final with West Ham against Blackpool at Wembley, it was 100 per cent better than the Millennium Stadium. So as long as we stay as the Premier League I would take a final all day long."

Whilst Allardyce is eyeing a cup final date on March 2nd, he remains grounded about the Hammers' league campaign, which has seen them win just one of their last four.

West Ham find themselves just one point above the relegation zone, whilst they are also just one point behind Saturday's opponent, Aston Villa.

Victory could see the Irons rise as high as 9th, whilst defeat could see them slump into the relegation zone.

Whilst Allardyce may be dreaming of a Wembley appearance, if his side's form does not improve, that could turn out to be the least of the former Bolton boss' worries.

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