Oct 20, 2012 at 3pm UK at ​London Stadium
West HamWest Ham United
Nolan (48'), Noble (46', 72' pen.), Maíga (87')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Lallana (63')
Hooiveld (77'), Schneiderlin (81')

Sam Allardyce hails 'fabulous start to the season'

Sam Allardyce
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Sam Allardyce praises his West Ham side after they continued their fine early-season form with victory over Southampton.

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has revealed his delight at their start to the campaign after they recorded a 4-1 victory over Southampton this afternoon.

Mark Noble scored twice as the Hammers beat their fellow newly-promoted side to climb to seventh in the Premier League table.

Despite Allardyce criticising his team's first-half performance, he has described the second-half display as "tremendous" as West Ham continued their excellent early-season form.

"We were lacklustre in the first half and couldn't find the right tempo to the game but defended well," he said.

"It was about showing more energy and desire and one we got the goal we were off and running. We were tremendous after that. Credit to the players after showing what they could do.

"Modibo Maiga came on and scored the goal of the game and it is great for the lad. After eight games, we have 14 points, and it has been a fabulous start."

West Ham return to Premier League action against Wigan Athletic next weekend, before hosting champions Manchester City.

Mark Noble celebrates scoring for West Ham
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