Allardyce wants West Ham to exploit Tottenham fatigue

The Hammers coach wants his side to take advantage after Spurs' Europa League trip to Italy and is taking encouragement from Wigan's recent victory at White Hart Lane
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce believes that his side can capitalise on Tottenham's European jet lag when the two clubs clash at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

Spurs played out a 0-0 draw at Lazio in the Europa League on Thursday, which the Hammers boss suspects might leave them vulnerable just three days later.

Allardyce also feels that Tottenham's home form – just two wins from six games – has been far from strong this season and hopes that his men can take advantage.

"There is bound to be a little fatigue in there," he told reporters.

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"The encouraging thing for us is that it is not long since Wigan won there. It has not been the big fortress Tottenham fans might have expected."

The 58-year-old coach wants West Ham, who are two places above Andre Villas-Boas's side in seventh, to attack Tottenham in what he believes will be a special fixture.

He continued: "Local derbies are always very special, and fans and players closely associated with West Ham are really attracted to those type of fixtures.

"Our hope is to take our game to Tottenham and cause them a few problems."