West Ham still wary of relegation despite upsurge in form - Allardyce

The Londoners have won 2-0 in each of their last three Premier League games and risen to 10th in the table but the Hammers boss remains concerned about their proximity to the drop
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is still wary of the threat of relegation from the Premier League, despite his side's "terrific" recent form.

The Hammers up to 10th in the table with their third straight 2-0 win on Tuesday, as late goals from James Collins and Mohamed Diame were enough to secure three points against Norwich City.

7/1 West Ham are 7/1 with Bet365 to be relegated from the Premier League
Allardyce's men have now taken 10 points from their last four top-flight games, recording clean sheets in all of them, and have the breathing space of a four-point cushion on the relegation zone but the 59-year-old refuses to get ahead of himself.

"[It was] a hard-earned victory - Norwich gave us a fantastic game," he told reporters. "Late on in the game, we produced what we needed to. [It was] an outstanding victory for us.

"We're absolutely delighted we've got three wins on the trot, [it's] a terrific run of form we're in, [but] we're still not out of the bottom end in terms of the distance in points, [which is] still not that great."

Allardyce went on to pay tribute to his rock-solid defence, having now kept 13 clean sheets in 26 Premier League games this season - the highest number in the division.

He continued: "Norwich had the better of the second half but, when you're as good as we are defensively, then you've got to [defend well] then wait for the right opportunity.

"Now we're in a scoring mood and, because we're brilliant at keeping clean sheets, that's picking us up win after win after win."