Sam Allardyce speaks out on the top four chase

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West Ham United manager has gatecrashed the top four, with the Hammers now above Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United.

In a touchline battle, few would have had the foresight to pick Sam Allardyce as the victor over Manuel Pellegrini.

But that is precisely what transpired when West Ham United hosted Manchester City as the Hammers, with their modest transfer budget but excellent market acumen, humbled the cash-laden Citizens by a 2-0 score.

Not only did the Irons pick up maximum points, but they had the audacity to fortify their position in the top four positions of the Premier League.

West Ham United are just one point behind City, who occupy third place, yet Allardyce has a two point cushion over Arsenal in fifth, Liverpool in seventh and three points over Manchester United in eighth.

The club's high-flying status this season has sparked a feel-good atmosphere in East London.

"I've sensed the joy and the goodwill feeling around the camp," said Allardyce to the club's official website.

"There's a buzz around training which is always good to see. But the players now need to maintain and build on their performances.

"We need to make sure we are mentally prepared for the game against Stoke City," he said, in a taking it one game at a time statement.

"It's very easy to lose after a big result like the one against Manchester City so I need to make sure the players are guarded against that."

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