West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce reveals why he is welcoming the international break

Enner Valencia, Andy Carroll, Mark Noble

The Hammers boss is looking forward to the return of Enner Valencia and Winston Reid.

West Ham United defeated Sunderland this evening, despite new manager Dick Advocaat sitting in the dugout for the first time for The Black Cats.

The Hammers persevered in a tough fixture at Upton Park and it was a late goal from Diafra Sakho that did the job.

West Ham are currently battling on through a glut of injury problems. Winston Reid, James Tomkins, Andy Carroll and Enner Valencia are all currently out of action.

So Sam Allardyce is one of a very few number of Premier League managers who are actually looking forward to the international break.

He told the official West Ham site after the game that he expects both Valencia and Reid to be fit after the international break:

“Winston, James Tomkins, Enner Valencia and Andy Carroll have played a major part in our success this season and we were without them and that is a lot of absences to try and cope with. Against Sunderland, the players went out there and coped with it very well indeed.

“It’s been a tough old period, but hopefully we’ll see more victories as the season draws to a close.

“Hopefully we’ll have Reidy and Enner back after the international break, so it’s probably come at a good time for us with regard to getting some of the injured players back, which would be great.”

West Ham’s win takes them to ninth in the table. They have recently been out of form and with just eight games left in the season they will be hoping to finish above Swansea City in the table, with Tottenham Hotspur in seventh now seemingly beyond them.

The return of this pair of West Ham stars will undoubtedly help.

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