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Double delight for Sam and Sakho

Filed: Friday, 7th November 2014
By: Staff Writer

Diafra Sakho has been named as the Premier League's Player of the Month for October - whilst Sam Allardyce has been declared Manager of the Month.

From a month when West Ham took a maximum nine points from nine - including the 2-1 defeat of reigning Premier League champions Manchester City - the two Hammers have been recognised for their outstanding contribution.

Allardyce, who just three months ago was still facing calls for his replacement from a number of fans also oversaw wins against Queens Park Rangers and Burnley, in order to complete a full house.

And Senegal international Sakho, who has scored in every game he has started for West Ham, scored once in each of the three games to ensure his amazing record continues.

"I was delighted to be presented with the Barclays Manager of the Month award for October," Allardyce told whufc.com. "It is an award I accepted gratefully on behalf of everybody at West Ham, from the owners to the tea lady.

"We all enjoy life more when we're winning football matches and certainly life has become that little bit easier for us all in recent weeks, with the reward being a very nice trophy.

"The pinnacle of October was obviously beating Manchester City, but the performances have been there all season bar the Southampton game. In October we got the results we deserved.

"We are undefeated in four games and now the emphasis is on how long we can keep this run going and keep us where we are in the table and, who knows, take us even higher."

The award represents the second occasion on which Allardyce has been named Manager of the Month in 2014, after he won it in February for steering West Ham to four wins out of four. He is the only manager to have won the award more than once this calendar year.

2014 Premier League Managers of the Month

January: Manuel Pellegrini (Manchester City)
February: Sam Allardyce (West Ham United)
March: Brendan Rodgers (Liverpool)
April: Tony Pulis (Crystal Palace)
August: Garry Monk (Swansea City)
September: Ronald Koeman (Southampton)
October: Sam Allardyce (West Ham United)

West Ham United's Previous Managers of the Month

November 1998: Harry Redknapp
March 2003: Glen Roeder
February 2006: Alan Pardew
February 2014: Sam Allardyce

West Ham United's Previous Players of the Month

February 2001: Stuart Pearce
January 2006: Anton Ferdinand
February 2011: Scott Parker

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