West Ham comfortably dispatched of QPR on Sunday in a match that was considered to be a true test of their credentials this season.
Following three impressive performances on the spin – two of which against Manchester United and Liverpool – Sam Allardyce’s men faced a QPR side they needed, and were expected, to beat.
An own goal from Nedum Onuoha set the Hammers on their way, before the man of the moment Diafra Sakho found himself in the right place at the right time again to nod home his fifth goal in as many Premier League matches.
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The 2-0 victory see’s the side climb up to seventh in the table, level on points with Arsenal and Liverpool, and considering the fixtures they have played it really is a great start to the campaign.
Barring the dismal defeat against Southampton in front of the Upton Park faithful, the Irons have shown a greater consistency in their performances and Allardyce has hailed the team spirit within the club.
"The captain always builds the bonds in the dressing room. We all feel together and they've hit the ground running, which is quite unusual," said the manager on FourFourTwo.
The energy and enthusiasm in their play is their for all to see, it appears that they are all working for each other and playing in a manner that they are comfortable with.
The impact of the new signings is a major factor in this new found edge at West Ham and it was overly conspicuous against QPR, as the home side, who didn’t have to play particularly well, simply wanted it more than Harry Redknapp’s men.
"If you've got one, or maybe two doing the business, particularly from abroad, you're very satisfied, but all of them are doing well,” Allardyce added.
"The strength in depth of the squad was also tested as we had seven players out injured, but the lads have really stepped up and given a very good performance."
It was a game they were expected to win, but nevertheless the way they controlled the match and ensured they gave nothing away was a very positive sign.
On-loan Barcelona man Alex Song, who was captain for the day, was pivotal throughout and is emerging as one of the outstanding signings of the summer.
With Kevin Nolan on the substitutes bench and Mark Noble and Cheikhou Kouyate out injured, Song was handed extra responsibility in the middle of the park and he did not shy away.
In the holding role Song put in a fantastic performance, plugging the gaps, making the interceptions and generally helping his more expansive team-mates play with more freedom.
He dictated the play and had complete control of the midfield area; this was where the battle was won against QPR, who never looked up for the fight.
The former Arsenal man is seemingly very happy with life in east London and he is optimistic the club can continue their impressive form.
“We have some players injured and others who are coming back after being out for a long time. When we have them all back we will be even stronger and you never know what might happen,” Song said on the London Evening Standard.
“We are seventh at the moment but I am not going to put pressure on us by saying we will end up there. If we finish in the top ten it will be fantastic but we must stay focused and give everything in every game to do that.”
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