Sam Allardyce is hoping to take advantage of Southampton‘s poor start to the season at Upton Park this this weekend.
The West Ham boss has witnessed his side enjoy a good start to the campaign, which sees them occupy eighth spot after seven games.
And he wants to improve on the Hammers’ impressive start to their first season back in the Premier League by taking advantage of Southampton’s struggling start and leaky defence this weekend.
He told West Ham’s official website: “We need to bounce back from a disappointing result [against Arsenal] but a very gutsy performance and then get back on the victory trail at home.
“Southampton have not had the best of starts and have had some difficult games and have been conceding a number of goals and we’ve got to try and take advantage of that.”
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Nigel Adkins’ Saints have shipped 20 goals in their opening seven Premier League games this season and find themselves just a point above the bottom three, which is something Allardyce hopes to capitalise on when the sides meet on Saturday lunchtime.
“From our point of view we’d like to beat them on the basis that we have both been promoted and we both know how much of a struggle it is in year one. If you can pick up points from teams of similar standing to you then you take three points and they don’t get any points,” he added.
“It’s almost a six-pointer this early in the season. If we win, they’d only have four points and we’d have 14 and that’s a massive gap that they’d have to try and close over the coming games.”
Allardyce also praised the efforts of the West Ham fans who he believes help intimidate the opposition at Upton Park.
He said: “We’ve played some good football and played one of the big boys and even though we lost the fans were right behind us until the end.
“It gives us a good platform to beat the opposition. It intimidates the opposition and it is hugely supportive for us. That can help to give us that extra drive to get the positive result.”