West Ham manager Sam Allardyce believes the wholesale changes he made to his side in their Capital One Cup defeat to Wigan last month has worked in their favour.

The Hammers were jeered off the pitch by a small section of their fans following the 4-1 home defeat to Wigan but travel to the DW Stadium to face the Latics on Saturday sitting seventh in the Barclays Premier League table. Allardyce has guided West Ham to four wins in their opening eight league games on their return to the top flight, with only defeats to Swansea and Arsenal blotting their copy book.

He said: "Like everything else you change your side accordingly, I think I made eight changes (nine changes) on the day and obviously that was too many and too many of the youngsters came in and didn't quite perform to the level I hoped."

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