Allardyce explains West Ham's approach ahead of the Tottenham game

West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce says the club's preparation ahead of the derby against Spurs won't be any different to normal.

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has told the club’s website that his team’s routine ahead of the game against Tottenham this weekend won’t be any different.

The Hammers were on the receiving end of a negative result over the weekend, losing 4-0 in the FA Cup at the hands of West Brom but Allardyce is positive ahead of the return of the league action this weekend.

“We've got a good recovery period now. We'll have our usual post-game routine and then it's the big derby on Sunday against Spurs,” said Allardyce.

“We'll have some of our injured players back to bolster the squad, which will help, and hopefully we'll bounce straight back at Tottenham.”

The difficult choice Allardyce faces is whether he makes whole sale changes to his team for the London derby.

The boss has suggested that Alex Song and Diafra Sakho are two key players the club are keeping an eye on ahead of the game against Tottenham.

The report on the club’s website also suggests that defenders Winston Reid and James Collins should also return, which should allow Cheikh Kouyate to move forward into a midfield role if required.

Song provides experience and aggression in midfield while Sakho’s ability to harass and smother opposition defences this season has been obvious.

It’s an important game for West Ham because they are fighting for a European place, but their fans will also want to see a positive reaction after the FA Cup defeat which was one of the club’s most disappointing results so far this season.

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