West Ham manager Sam Allardyce says this could be 'best season ever'

Sam Allardyce

Sam Allardyce insists West Ham fans have never had it so good after victory over Burnley left them one win away from his 50-point target for the season.

According to West Ham's official website, Allardyce was focusing purely on his four years in charge when he said the club had produced its 'best ever' performances this season.

The Hammers have a colourful Premier League history littered with brilliant players, fond memories and better points totals. Under Harry Redknapp the club finished fifth in the league and seventh under his replacement Glenn Roeder while Alan Pardew and Gianfranco Zola both led the Hammers to ninth place finishes.

In fact the Hammers have recorded superior points totals in almost half their seasons in the English top flight.

But after Saturday’s 1-0 win over Burnley took the Hammers to 47 points with three games remaining - seven more than last season’s total - under pressure Allardyce lauded his side's achievements and says they are on course to hit their targets.

He said: “Our performances this season, on the whole, have been the best we’ve ever had.

“The points return in recent games may have been disappointing but mainly, I can’t fault the performances.

"If we can win two or even all three of our last games then we’ll really finish on a high. That for me would be a very good season because that would take us past the 50 point mark. Reaching 50 points in year three is no mean feat at this level of football.

“We’ve got one more points than our best finish which was 46. Now we’re on 47 which is a positive. Tenth was our best finish and now we’re ninth."

In truth the Hammers made hard work of a win against a struggling Burnley side who were down to 10 men for 70 minutes. It was the type of performance that has seen Big Sam's future at the club questioned time and again.

The 60-year-old was told in no uncertain terms by co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold to play more entertaining football this season. They surprised everyone by doing just that on their way to picking up a brilliant 31 points before Christmas and were sitting pretty in the Champions League places.

But the season collapsed and has produced just three wins since leading to renewed calls for Allardyce to leave in the summer.

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