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Allardyce hails promoted Hammers

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A jubilant Sam Allardyce admitted leading West Ham to promotion back to the Barclays Premier League was the biggest achievement of his career.

Ricardo Vaz Te's dramatic late strike secured a 2-1 victory for the Hammers over Blackpool in the play-off final. West Ham, relegated last season, missed out on automatic promotion on the final day of this term but that disappointment was forgotten as 40,000-odd fans celebrated a first Wembley win since 1980.

Allardyce, who guided Bolton to promotion via the play-offs at the Millennium Stadium in 2001, said: "It's probably bettered that because it's West Ham United, with the size of the club and the pressure, and because it's at Wembley... It's bigger than anything else, other games played here are cup competitions but this is everything."

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