Kevin Nolan praises West Ham United board for sticking with Sam Allardyce

Kevin Nolan of West Ham United celebrates after scoring the first goal of the game for his side during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and West Ham United at Villa Park on February 8, 2014
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Kevin Nolan praises the West Ham United board for sticking with Sam Allardyce during a difficult period earlier in the season.

Kevin Nolan has praised the West Ham United board for keeping faith in Sam Allardyce during a difficult season for the club.

Allardyce was heavily criticised in the winter for West Ham's poor form, but an impressive run has seen the team climb to 11th in the Premier League with six games remaining in their campaign.

"You have to admire the board for sticking with Sam," Nolan told The Guardian. "We had a very tough time early in the season with injuries.

"I don't think I've ever been through a season where so many major players have been out. At one stage we had all three of our central defenders out but our aim now is to finish in a top-10 spot.

"I'm sure if we'd had our squad for the full season we would have had a better season. We wouldn't have been in and around the relegation zone. We wouldn't have been talking about relegation."

The Hammers host title chasers Liverpool at Upton Park on Sunday afternoon.

Andy Carroll of West Ham celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and West Ham United at the Stadium of Light on March 31, 2014
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