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Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Allardyce defends Hammers style

Kevin Palmer

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has hit out once more at the critics who continue to claim his tactics are no more elaborate than hitting the long ball.

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Allardyce, 57, insists the variation he has at his disposal is his side's most potent weapon as they look to establish themselves back in the Premier League.

The former Bolton manager has long railed against those who claim his match plans put efficiency ahead of the attractive football West Ham fans have long cherished, with their recent signing of target man Andy Carroll fuelling the perception that the Hammers boss favours a direct approach.

Yet Allardyce insists his tactics are anything but limited to a route one philosophy and claims those who suggest as much fail to appreciate the nuances of the game.

"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 West Ham 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."

Allardyce is in bullish mood ahead of Saturday's trip to face Norwich and is backing his new signings to make an impact at Carrow Road. "We have a lot of talent - young, old, home grown and foreign - and it all adds to the mix to form a very strong squad, which you need in this league. Also, we have Matt Jarvis and Yossi Benayoun, who are both ready to make an impact."

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