Collins: The message Nolan stressed before West Ham's last game

West Ham United defender James Collins has suggested the side's aim is to win ugly at the moment.

West Ham United defender James Collins has explained on the club’s website, the message that captain Kevin Nolan stressed before the international break.

West Ham secured a 1-0 win against Sunderland in their last game, which gave the side momentum heading into the latest round of international fixtures.

“Kev and a few other lads said before the game it doesn’t matter how we win, just that we do,” said Collins.

“The international break gives us a bit of a break between league games. We want to finish higher than tenth.”

West Ham fans want to see performances, which are easy on the eye but Sam Allardyce is a manager who sets his team up to simply go after securing results in all games.

The time to experiment and try different things in the quest for a more beautiful brand of football will arrive when the pressure is off later in the season.

It’s important for Allardyce’s chances of getting a new contract that West Ham end the season well and that means building momentum regardless of how pleasing the performances are to watch.

It will be interesting to see if the message coming from Nolan, the manager or various members of the squad is the same looking ahead to the game against Leicester.

The win against Sunderland prompted a change in fortunes and it’s important that continues over the next few weeks with the top eight still achievable for the current side.

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