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A good start is essential

Filed: Thursday, 19th June 2014
By: Staff Writer

Sam Allardyce insists it is vital that West Ham don't repeat their poor start to the season when the new 2014/15 Premier League campaign begins kicks off in August.

Last year the Hammers were only saved from relegation on the penultimate weekend of the season after a dreadful start to the campaign saw Allardyce's side amass just 15 points from the opening 19 games of the season.

This year, having been granted another relatively gentle opening to the season, Allardyce is hoping to hit the ground running, with new signings Mauro Zarate and Cheikou Kouyate settling in and preparing for a full pre-season with the Hammers - something that also applies to Andy Carroll, who missed the entire pre-season programme last summer due to injury.

"The work to prepare for the new season is already in full swing," Big Sam told whufc.com. We have already secured Mauro Zarate and Cheikhou Kouyate plus there are many other targets we are pursuing.

"[In] pre-season training we will be getting the players prepared to be 100 per cent ready to go out there and get as many points as we can on board early on. Securing as many points at the start of the season is the backbone for the squad.

"Last year, we had a good pre-season and then didn't get as many points on board early on as we would have wanted and suffered for that, even though some performances weren't reflected in the results, compared to the season before when we had a stronger start.

"With the injuries that we then suffered, it means those points caught up with you a bit and you struggle, so we want to go out as strong as we can from the start to establish that confidence and get those points to help us reach the targets we want to achieve."

Despite having already landed two big names for his squad, Allardyce maintains that he expects several more to follow before the season kicks off on 16th August against Tottenham at the Boleyn Ground.

"There will be a lot of activity between now and the start with new signings and like other clubs, we would want to have all if not nearly all our transfer business completed for the season to start" he said.

"But, as we all know, it doesn't happen like that and there will still be additions being made to squads until the close of the transfer window at the end of August. It is a case of working hard with everything we have got and then blending in with what we can add."

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