West Ham boss Sam Allardyce looking for a performance from players against Chelsea

Sam Allardyce Press Conference Disappointed 12/02/2014

Allardyce told reporters at his pre-match press briefing that he wants his side to get back to the level they were at against Tottenham when they host Chelsea.

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce is after a response from his players this week when they take on Chelsea at the Boleyn Ground.

The Hammers suffered a disappointing result at the hands of Crystal Palace, with the Eagles recording an emphatic 3-1 win, and Allardyce is hoping his side can perform at the level they did in the 2-2 draw away to Tottenham in order to give the Premier League leaders some trouble tomorrow evening. 

He told reporters at his pre-match press conference: "We look forward to Chelsea now and it's the third derby in a row. We have to get back to the level of the Tottenham performance to help us try to get a result against the best team in the Premier League at the moment.

"For me it's about the players playing their best and hopefully on the day that can help us get the result.

"Jose's teams rarely slip up and that's why they're so good. The demand from Chelsea Football Club to the players is that they're not allowed to be off form.

"I expect them to be efficient in every department and that's why they're top of the league.

"They rarely make mistakes and that makes it difficult to score against them."

There are no fresh injury worries for Allardyce's side as he hopes his side can stop a run of form that has only seen West Ham won one of their last ten in the Premier League - though getting a win against Jose Mourinho's side would surprise many, irrespective of any potential League Cup hangover Chelsea may have.

The season started off in a promising fashion for Allardyce and his side, and they have beaten some high profile teams at home this season in Liverpool and Manchester City, while they will have counted themselves unlucky not to have added Manchester United to that list recently.

The objective of achieving European football seems to be pretty distant at the moment, as they currently sit five points behind seventh-placed Tottenham having played a game more.

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