Saints' next opponents take winter break

Daily Echo: Sam Allardyce Sam Allardyce

SAINTS’ next league opponents are off to sunnier climes – and that has acted in the club’s favour recently.

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has revealed a warm-weather training camp in Dubai has been the perfect carrot to dangle in front of his squad.

The Hammers were struggling for form until the end of January but, ever since their plane to the United Arab Emirates was booked, Allardyce feels he has seen an improvement from his players.

A hard-fought 0-0 draw at current Premier League leaders Chelsea has been followed up with three successive wins as Swansea, Aston Villa and Norwich were all beaten 2-0.

The victory over the Canaries on Tuesday came courtesy of late goals from James Collins and Mohamed Diame after West Ham had been outplayed for much of the contest.

Taking 10 points from four games has seen the Hammers move from the periphery of the relegation zone to 10th.

Although they remain in the battle for survival, Allardyce knows getting away for a few days due to their early exit from the FA Cup will help keep the momentum going ahead of Saints’ visit to Upton Park on February 22 “It's already benefited us,” Allardyce said.

“Once the lads knew the trip was booked four or five weeks ago, it has been part of our turnaround. It was something for them to look forward to, to strive for and to know that they are going to do what I've done every year for the last 14 years.

“The critical need for it for every player we have is for them to get a bit of sun on their back, do a little bit of light training and ease the pressure on the mind, soul and body. They will come back refreshed.

“We've already had a massive response because they have been looking forward to it so much, and now they can look forward to it even more because of what they have just achieved.”

The Hammers' barren spell in the league over Christmas and the New Year coincided with an injury nightmare for Allardyce, who had no option but to blood some of his inexperienced youngsters to make up the numbers.

Club-record signing Andy Carroll is now fit - although currently sidelined through suspension - and, with four January loan arrivals in Roger Johnson, Pablo Armero, Antonio Nocerino and Marco Borriello, Allardyce is pleased to have more options than at any other stage this season.

“It's very important to have a strong squad," he added.

“Having the options to come on, like the two Italians (Nocerino and Borriello) and Pablo Armero, who we haven't seen yet, is brilliant.

“It's difficult for me to change the team because we keep winning, so they have to be more patient. “I'm pleased for everybody and the squad of players we have, seeing smiles on their faces instead of the heads between their knees as we saw over Christmas.

“At the moment we're the team in form, picking up points left, right and centre. It's really pleasing because the games are starting to run out now.”

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3:26pm Wed 12 Feb 14

CB FRY LIVES says...

Wherever the hapless hammers go it wont stop them being thrashed by the super SAINTS..They can run but they can't hide.
COYR
Wherever the hapless hammers go it wont stop them being thrashed by the super SAINTS..They can run but they can't hide. COYR CB FRY LIVES
  • Score: 16

3:36pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Norwegian Saint says...

Guess they will drive to Dubai on the bus they parked at our place.
Can't wait to hammer them!
Guess they will drive to Dubai on the bus they parked at our place. Can't wait to hammer them! Norwegian Saint
  • Score: 7

3:37pm Wed 12 Feb 14

bigfella says...

And you'd think the lure of 25 thousand pounds a week wages would be carrot enough for them, but clearly not. The little darlings need to go to Dubai for a week
And you'd think the lure of 25 thousand pounds a week wages would be carrot enough for them, but clearly not. The little darlings need to go to Dubai for a week bigfella
  • Score: 18

3:40pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Santa Retfordia says...

Big Sam says: “The critical need for it for every player we have is for them to get a bit of sun on their back, do a little bit of light training and ease the pressure on the mind, soul and body. They will come back refreshed.

What will actually happen: They will binge drink, get into fights with each other and hang out with drug dealers and prostitutes. Half the team will come back on a rape charge. (Although, this being Dubai, they'll get away with it.)
Big Sam says: “The critical need for it for every player we have is for them to get a bit of sun on their back, do a little bit of light training and ease the pressure on the mind, soul and body. They will come back refreshed. What will actually happen: They will binge drink, get into fights with each other and hang out with drug dealers and prostitutes. Half the team will come back on a rape charge. (Although, this being Dubai, they'll get away with it.) Santa Retfordia
  • Score: 3

4:31pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Costa Baz says...

bigfella wrote:
And you'd think the lure of 25 thousand pounds a week wages would be carrot enough for them, but clearly not. The little darlings need to go to Dubai for a week
You'd think they might want to put in abit of effort for the fans as well.
Clearly not.
[quote][p][bold]bigfella[/bold] wrote: And you'd think the lure of 25 thousand pounds a week wages would be carrot enough for them, but clearly not. The little darlings need to go to Dubai for a week[/p][/quote]You'd think they might want to put in abit of effort for the fans as well. Clearly not. Costa Baz
  • Score: 1

4:46pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Big Mac says...

There all come back with more runs that the England cricket team.
There all come back with more runs that the England cricket team. Big Mac
  • Score: 2

4:56pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Santa Retfordia says...

Big Mac wrote:
There all come back with more runs that the England cricket team.
What, seven?

In all seriousness, though, I can't see what can possibly go wrong in letting Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan loose in a country where alcohol is forbidden and it's pretty much illegal to even look at a woman who isn't your wife. I imagine it will go brilliantly.
[quote][p][bold]Big Mac[/bold] wrote: There all come back with more runs that the England cricket team.[/p][/quote]What, seven? In all seriousness, though, I can't see what can possibly go wrong in letting Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan loose in a country where alcohol is forbidden and it's pretty much illegal to even look at a woman who isn't your wife. I imagine it will go brilliantly. Santa Retfordia
  • Score: 1

5:19pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Fatty x Ford Worker says...

What Dry Spam they must be worried about us!
What Dry Spam they must be worried about us! Fatty x Ford Worker
  • Score: 0

5:22pm Wed 12 Feb 14

the south coast is ours says...

sunshine or cold wet weather we will still beat wet spams long ball game
sunshine or cold wet weather we will still beat wet spams long ball game the south coast is ours
  • Score: 2

5:41pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Big Mac says...

Santa Retfordia wrote:
Big Mac wrote:
There all come back with more runs that the England cricket team.
What, seven?

In all seriousness, though, I can't see what can possibly go wrong in letting Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan loose in a country where alcohol is forbidden and it's pretty much illegal to even look at a woman who isn't your wife. I imagine it will go brilliantly.
And all the while Big San strutting around in his budgie smugglers.
[quote][p][bold]Santa Retfordia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Big Mac[/bold] wrote: There all come back with more runs that the England cricket team.[/p][/quote]What, seven? In all seriousness, though, I can't see what can possibly go wrong in letting Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan loose in a country where alcohol is forbidden and it's pretty much illegal to even look at a woman who isn't your wife. I imagine it will go brilliantly.[/p][/quote]And all the while Big San strutting around in his budgie smugglers. Big Mac
  • Score: 1

5:53pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Positively4thStreet says...

Big Mac wrote:
Santa Retfordia wrote:
Big Mac wrote:
There all come back with more runs that the England cricket team.
What, seven?

In all seriousness, though, I can't see what can possibly go wrong in letting Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan loose in a country where alcohol is forbidden and it's pretty much illegal to even look at a woman who isn't your wife. I imagine it will go brilliantly.
And all the while Big San strutting around in his budgie smugglers.
Do you mind...I was just about to start my tea. :0(
[quote][p][bold]Big Mac[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Santa Retfordia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Big Mac[/bold] wrote: There all come back with more runs that the England cricket team.[/p][/quote]What, seven? In all seriousness, though, I can't see what can possibly go wrong in letting Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan loose in a country where alcohol is forbidden and it's pretty much illegal to even look at a woman who isn't your wife. I imagine it will go brilliantly.[/p][/quote]And all the while Big San strutting around in his budgie smugglers.[/p][/quote]Do you mind...I was just about to start my tea. :0( Positively4thStreet
  • Score: 5

6:03pm Wed 12 Feb 14

hedge end bob says...

Sam stick the sunshine where the sun don't shine! , along with you fecking bubble machine. Looking for excusses already, my boys were tired and weary, all that travelling did us no favours. Can hear it now COYR.
Sam stick the sunshine where the sun don't shine! , along with you fecking bubble machine. Looking for excusses already, my boys were tired and weary, all that travelling did us no favours. Can hear it now COYR. hedge end bob
  • Score: 2

6:17pm Wed 12 Feb 14

City Saint says...

Santa Retfordia wrote:
Big Mac wrote:
There all come back with more runs that the England cricket team.
What, seven?

In all seriousness, though, I can't see what can possibly go wrong in letting Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan loose in a country where alcohol is forbidden and it's pretty much illegal to even look at a woman who isn't your wife. I imagine it will go brilliantly.
Dubai is an oasis of alcohol and sex trade, if that kind of thing floats your boat. It's where the rich from the rest o the MIddle East go to let off steam from living in the much more repressed countries around the UAE.

Far from running into trouble for booze and ladies, West Ham's players are much more likely to come back with a stonking hangover.

All good for us.
[quote][p][bold]Santa Retfordia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Big Mac[/bold] wrote: There all come back with more runs that the England cricket team.[/p][/quote]What, seven? In all seriousness, though, I can't see what can possibly go wrong in letting Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan loose in a country where alcohol is forbidden and it's pretty much illegal to even look at a woman who isn't your wife. I imagine it will go brilliantly.[/p][/quote]Dubai is an oasis of alcohol and sex trade, if that kind of thing floats your boat. It's where the rich from the rest o the MIddle East go to let off steam from living in the much more repressed countries around the UAE. Far from running into trouble for booze and ladies, West Ham's players are much more likely to come back with a stonking hangover. All good for us. City Saint
  • Score: 5

6:50pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Sammy2sheds says...

I hate west ham
Of all the teams I want us to beat it's this mob
They are everything I don't want saints to be
I hate west ham Of all the teams I want us to beat it's this mob They are everything I don't want saints to be Sammy2sheds
  • Score: 10

8:09pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Clever Dick says...

Hope they all get chronic sunburn.
Hope they all get chronic sunburn. Clever Dick
  • Score: 1

8:10pm Wed 12 Feb 14

el caballo santos101 says...

theres only one thing worse than watching wet spam play, and that's listening to big face sam trying to excuse the way they play. did we all see the post chelski match press conference when he was giggling like a school girl and saying "I don't give a s***e about Mourinho, we 'out-tacticed' Chelsea". so many problems with that, for a start "out-tacticed"? stras help him out with proper English. secondly parking a bus for 90 mins and riding your luck all game whilst the officials make bad calls does not mean that you (ahem) "out-tacticed" anyone. it just means that you got completely outplayed by a fast moving, quick passing, exciting team and just got very, very lucky.
I must admit when I saw the headline though about hoof taking a winter break I hoped that it meant that 90% of there passes wouldn't be coming down with snow on them!
fat face sam also said that hes taken this break every year for 14 years, try getting further in the cup sam, it might give you something better to do!
theres only one thing worse than watching wet spam play, and that's listening to big face sam trying to excuse the way they play. did we all see the post chelski match press conference when he was giggling like a school girl and saying "I don't give a s***e about Mourinho, we 'out-tacticed' Chelsea". so many problems with that, for a start "out-tacticed"? stras help him out with proper English. secondly parking a bus for 90 mins and riding your luck all game whilst the officials make bad calls does not mean that you (ahem) "out-tacticed" anyone. it just means that you got completely outplayed by a fast moving, quick passing, exciting team and just got very, very lucky. I must admit when I saw the headline though about hoof taking a winter break I hoped that it meant that 90% of there passes wouldn't be coming down with snow on them! fat face sam also said that hes taken this break every year for 14 years, try getting further in the cup sam, it might give you something better to do! el caballo santos101
  • Score: 5

8:14pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Santa Retfordia says...

Positively4thStreet wrote:
Big Mac wrote:
Santa Retfordia wrote:
Big Mac wrote: There all come back with more runs that the England cricket team.
What, seven? In all seriousness, though, I can't see what can possibly go wrong in letting Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan loose in a country where alcohol is forbidden and it's pretty much illegal to even look at a woman who isn't your wife. I imagine it will go brilliantly.
And all the while Big San strutting around in his budgie smugglers.
Do you mind...I was just about to start my tea. :0(
Haha! Imagine Big Sam strolling down the beach in a thong, eyeing up the totty and chewing on his gum like a cow chews cud. It's a beautiful image.
[quote][p][bold]Positively4thStreet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Big Mac[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Santa Retfordia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Big Mac[/bold] wrote: There all come back with more runs that the England cricket team.[/p][/quote]What, seven? In all seriousness, though, I can't see what can possibly go wrong in letting Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan loose in a country where alcohol is forbidden and it's pretty much illegal to even look at a woman who isn't your wife. I imagine it will go brilliantly.[/p][/quote]And all the while Big San strutting around in his budgie smugglers.[/p][/quote]Do you mind...I was just about to start my tea. :0([/p][/quote]Haha! Imagine Big Sam strolling down the beach in a thong, eyeing up the totty and chewing on his gum like a cow chews cud. It's a beautiful image. Santa Retfordia
  • Score: 7

12:31am Thu 13 Feb 14

andoru says...

Decent set of results for us last night. An Arsenal win would have been better than a draw, but the 4-0 thrashing of Newcastle to Spurs is just what we wanted. 8th is ours to lose now, and 7th is not unattainable.

West Ham will be a tough game. They're the form team at the moment and their defence is looking pretty stubborn. We've not been the best at breaking down teams like them this season. Still, we can take 'em, although not until we've given Sunderland a going over in the cup. COYS.
Decent set of results for us last night. An Arsenal win would have been better than a draw, but the 4-0 thrashing of Newcastle to Spurs is just what we wanted. 8th is ours to lose now, and 7th is not unattainable. West Ham will be a tough game. They're the form team at the moment and their defence is looking pretty stubborn. We've not been the best at breaking down teams like them this season. Still, we can take 'em, although not until we've given Sunderland a going over in the cup. COYS. andoru
  • Score: 1

2:01am Thu 13 Feb 14

DisplacedFan says...

Santa Retfordia wrote:
Big Mac wrote:
There all come back with more runs that the England cricket team.
What, seven?

In all seriousness, though, I can't see what can possibly go wrong in letting Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan loose in a country where alcohol is forbidden and it's pretty much illegal to even look at a woman who isn't your wife. I imagine it will go brilliantly.
I'm sure Andy will be a big hit with the women. Is that a right hook from him or a slap?
[quote][p][bold]Santa Retfordia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Big Mac[/bold] wrote: There all come back with more runs that the England cricket team.[/p][/quote]What, seven? In all seriousness, though, I can't see what can possibly go wrong in letting Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan loose in a country where alcohol is forbidden and it's pretty much illegal to even look at a woman who isn't your wife. I imagine it will go brilliantly.[/p][/quote]I'm sure Andy will be a big hit with the women. Is that a right hook from him or a slap? DisplacedFan
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