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The Hammers boss is pleased with the many different options he has in his team and their ability to adapt, which he believes will be key to them surviving the Premier League

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has expressed his delight at the way his team has started the season and believes that the variety in the squad is proving them to be a difficult opposition to face.

Allardyce name-checks Ricardo Vaz Te and Mark Noble as players “who can adapt”, meaning he can employ a number of different styles of play making the Upton Park outfit remain competitive in the league.

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West Ham currently sit in seventh place after recording two wins in their first three games on their return to the Premier League, and Allardyce believes his side can continue their good form and push on.

"The best way for a team to play is to have variation and we have shown that since the beginning of the season," Allardyce told the club's official website.

"We go short, we go long, we go forward, we go back, we go diagonal and we go in behind.

"It makes us very hard to play against and luckily we have the players like Ricardo Vaz Te and Mark Noble who can adapt.

"It was good to see the quality of our finishing being so good. Before we scored our second we had two or three really good chances that all tested the keeper," added the 57-year-old coach.

"I really like the variation of the squad. We have a lot of talent - young, old, homegrown and foreign - and it all adds to the mix to form a very strong squad, which you need in this league"

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