Sam Allardyce saw his West Ham side power to within a point of the automatic promotion places with victory over Peterborough - and then had to defend his tactics.

Two goals in the space of six second-half minutes from Ricardo Vaz Te and Gary O'Neil settled this contest as the Hammers closed in on promotion rivals Reading ahead of a mouth-watering Saturday meeting between the two teams.

But the 2-0 win was marred by negative chants about Allardyce's perceived preferred direct style of play which rung out from the visiting supporters. He said: "The perception of some people is deluded as the facts about my teams clearly speak for themselves."

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