Allardyce happy with bonded Hammers

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West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce believes all the signs are positive for lasting success at the club this season.

The Hammers continued their solid start to the Npower Championship campaign with a 1-0 victory over Peterborough United on Saturday, as Mark Noble slotted home from the penalty spot following a foul on Henri Lansbury.

It was a win that meant the east London side are now unbeaten in seven matches, and Allardyce insists confidence is high in the camp as the new players become fully integrated with last season's relegated squad.

"Results breed confidence, such as going away to Doncaster and then drawing with Leeds and beating Forest with four goals and beating Watford by four," Allardyce told the official West Ham website.

"The players have built a very good dressing room very quickly, down to firstly the captain and then the rest of the players joining in and building a unity between them that's a good bond, so that they can communicate with each other on a day to day basis and enjoy their own company.


"And also enjoy criticising each other for the benefit of the team because it's no good seeing somebody doing wrong and saying nothing. That's not a good dressing room. If somebody's doing something wrong, you tell them. I think that's what we're building and that's helped us get good results on the field."

Victory over the Posh was the first of three matches in seven days, with Ipswich Town next up at the Boelyn Ground tomorrow night followed by a trip to Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The successive matches will give Allardyce the opportunity to rotate some of his players, with David Bentley on the verge of his first start for the side following his move on loan from Spurs.

"At the moment, it is difficult to change a winning side. A three-game week is obviously an opportunity to look at [other players]. My anxiety is that I'm still learning about all the players I have," Big Sam continued.

"Sometimes when you're two or three years into a job it takes not a lot of thinking about because you know your players inside out.

"It was a thoroughly well deserved three points against Peterborough United. We would have liked it to be more comfortable but it does not matter when we see the three points and that we are fourth in the table."

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