Sam Allardyce hoping a performance like against Tottenham can beat Liverpool

Sam Allardyce Press Conference 12/02/2014

The West Ham United manager is hoping to get a better result against this weekend than against Spurs.

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce is hoping his side can produce a similar type of performance as they did against Tottenham Hotspur on the opening day of the season when they take on Liverpool on Saturday evening.

However, that game ended in defeat as Spurs won the game through an Eric Dier strike in the closing stages, and Mark Noble missed a penalty for the home side as West Ham had 18 shots on goal but failed to turn their chances into goals.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of the clash with Liverpool, Allardyce said: "What we've clearly got to do is stop our poor home results and we've got to try to do that against Liverpool.

"We're looking forward to the game as always and hopefully we can play as well as against Tottenham, but this time get a result.

"When you get possession there will be gaps and you have to try and exploit those occasions well.

"We have to believe we can do that at one stage or another. We have to be defensively resilient and then when we have possession, we have to exploit the gaps they may possibly leave."

The Hammers face a side that has played in midweek in Europe in the Champions League and Allardyce is hoping to exploit any fatigue the visitors may have. 

"Having played with my team in Europe at Bolton I know how difficult the next Premier League game can be.

"If we can seek any advantage from that then great. But Brendan does have a big squad." 

Liverpool have won on each of their last two visits to Upton Park but Allardyce is hoping for a different story this weekend. 

He also said his side face a different challenge to that of Aston Villa given they are at home. 

Liverpool have always found it difficult against Sam Allardyce's men, and this weekend's game is sure to be similar, but the Reds will be hoping to inflict a third home defeat on their opponents with this weekend's opponents.

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