Allardyce picks his West Ham man of the match for the QPR win

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Sam Allardyce says that Stewart Downing was his man of the match when West Ham United beat QPR this weekend.

Sam Allarydce says that Stewart Downing put in a man-of-the-match display for West Ham United against QPR at the weekend.

The Hammers ran out 2-0 winners in the fixture, as they breezed past their newly promoted London rivals.

An own-goal and another strike from Diafra Sakho provided the side with the victory, but it was Downing's performance which caught his manager's eye the most. 

"He's been fantastic, for me he was my man of the match," Allardyce said to West Ham's official site.

"The amount of ball we got to him has done fantastic. He's spraying balls well, opening up defences and scoring goals. With the experience he's got, it's wonderful to see him show the quality we know he's got."

Downing has struggled in recent times, but his form this season has seen him get back to his very best.

Given more freedom, in a central position, Downing has become the Hammers creative fulcrum as they look to play with a more attractive style and much of their success has been down to him.

His full passing range has been on display, as he dictates the tempo of their play and creates chances for their new exciting strike-partnership of Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho.

It is a system which has worked well so far and Allarydce will be hoping that he continues to have more success with this more attacking brand of football in the future.

The club are in the top half of the table now and they will be aiming to climb even further up the table after the international break. 

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