Allardyce: If West Ham could make Europe, we'd have beaten Aston Villa

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce attempted to lower expectations at the club in his press conference today.

West Ham United supporters have not been this confident for a considerable amount of time. 

There is a huge sense of optimism around the Boleyn Ground at the moment due to the side's good form, but manager Sam Allardyce has cooled expectations with his words today. 

The Hammers are in the top-four at this early stage of the season and it has created talk of the potential for the squad to finish in a European spot.

However, Allardyce is determined not to get carried away and he insists that a top-half finish would still represent a good achievement for the squad.

Indeed, he says that their recent goalless draw with Aston Villa was proof that they weren't ready to make it into the top-six just yet. 

"I think it's [breaking into Europe] a huge ask which is probably just ahead of us at the moment," he said at a press conference earlier today.

"Had we got three points against Aston Villa, which we should have done, then maybe but I think that was a game that if we really are going to push for Europe then we would have won that game."

Despite Allardyce's caution, West Ham have been one of the most impressive teams in the Premier League to date, and if they can keep this level of performance up then they should be in a lofty position come May.

Given an attacking style over the summer, the London side have shown great flair and creativity in their game and caused numerous defences problems. 

The partnership of Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho up-front looks one of the most threatening in the division, while the form of Stewart Downing, Winston Reid and Aaron Cresswell, in other positions, has also been a major bonus. 

The Hammers face Everton this weekend in a game which should given Allardyce further indication of whether or not they are able to make a European charge.

Going to Goodison Park is a tough task for any team, but West Ham will be full of confidence and if they can get a result then expectations will only continue to grow - no matter what Allardyce says in the press. 

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