Sam Allardyce on targets for the rest of the season; what Enner Valencia offers West Ham

Sam Allardyce Press Conference 12/02/2014

Sam Allardyce has addressed the media ahead of West Ham United's Premier League clash against Stoke City.

West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce has said that he has been pleased with the performances of his side despite the underwhelming results in the second half of the season.

In the early part of the campaign the Hammers were in contention for the European places, but they have faded fairly dramatically as the season has gone on.

Realistically, the Hammers could finish as high as eighth in the table, as they currently trail Swansea City by four points, and face a side this weekend that are only behind them on goal difference.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of this weekend's game against Stoke City, Allardyce told reporters: "The target is to finish higher in the league and get more points than we have done since we've been back in the Premier League.

"The wins have eluded us recently and hence we're disappointed with where we are in the league but not with the performances.

"The most important thing is Saturday's game and not beyond that - to beat Stoke at Upton Park."

A win is needed for the side having only won two of their last 10 Premier League games, with those wins coming at home to Hull City and Sunderland, who are both scrapping for their Premier League survival.

West Ham will be able to welcome back forward Enner Valencia to the side for this weekend's visit of the Potters after a freak injury that involved him standing on a broken teacup.

Allardyce seemed pleased with the Ecuadorian's return to fitness and explained the qualities he brings to the side, as well as the flexibility.

"He gives us other options to play different systems. To have selection choices up front is important for any team."

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