Big Sam: Saints clash a six-pointer

Daily Echo: Sam Allardyce Sam Allardyce

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has labelled this weekend’s clash with Saints as being a “six-pointer”.

The two clubs were both promoted from the Championship last season and are bidding to avoid an immediate relegation from the Premier League.

West Ham have enjoyed by far the better start, currently lying eighth in the table, compared to Saints’ position of 17th.

A win for the Irons at Upton Park on Saturday would move them ten points clear of Nigel Adkins’ men.

Conversely, a defeat would pull Saints to within four of the east London side.

“From our point of view we’d like to beat them on the basis that we have both been promoted and we both know how much of a struggle it is in year one,” Allardyce said.

“If you can pick up points from teams of similar standing to you then you take three points and they don’t get any points.

“It’s almost a six-pointer this early in the season. If we win, they’d only have four points and we’d have 14 and that’s a massive gap that they’d have to try and close over the coming games.”

Saints will take heart from their success against West Ham last season, though.

A Jos Hooiveld goal separated the teams at St Mary’s, before the defender’s late strike at Upton Park earned Saints a point in a 1-1 draw.

They were two important results, as Adkins’ men held onto second place and automatic promotion, while West Ham finished third and had to negotiate the play-offs.

“They’ve had some hard fixtures and they beat us away and then drew with us at Upton Park, so they will be thinking that it is a good chance for them to come and get some points, so we’ve got to try to stop that,” said Allardyce, who believes his side can take advantage of a leaky Saints defence that has conceded a league-worst 20 goals already.

Southampton have not had the best of starts and have had some difficult games and have been conceding a number of goals and we’ve got to try and take advantage of that.”

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10:32am Tue 16 Oct 12

Confucious says...

Wet Spam 1 Saints 4.57
Wet Spam 1 Saints 4.57 Confucious

11:29am Tue 16 Oct 12

Rising_Son says...

Confucious wrote:
Wet Spam 1 Saints 4.57
That would be a better than average performance.
[quote][p][bold]Confucious[/bold] wrote: Wet Spam 1 Saints 4.57[/p][/quote]That would be a better than average performance. Rising_Son

12:00pm Tue 16 Oct 12

billythesaint says...

Fair comments from Big Sam. But to think we could be 10 points adrift of them is painful. We need to start picking up points as of now; the excuse about having a difficult start is over. That Villa performance should be a bit of a benchmark and NA also needs to sort out his substitutions because we've lost points when he's tinkered incorrectly. Onwards and upwards and all that!
Fair comments from Big Sam. But to think we could be 10 points adrift of them is painful. We need to start picking up points as of now; the excuse about having a difficult start is over. That Villa performance should be a bit of a benchmark and NA also needs to sort out his substitutions because we've lost points when he's tinkered incorrectly. Onwards and upwards and all that! billythesaint

12:31pm Tue 16 Oct 12

st1halo says...

COYR

STID
COYR STID st1halo

12:45pm Tue 16 Oct 12

Alicesdad says...

Sam looks a lot like Ed Balls in this photo don't you think?
Sam looks a lot like Ed Balls in this photo don't you think? Alicesdad

12:45pm Tue 16 Oct 12

mbetts says...

Echo, this is all well and good but how many points would we be behind them in the event of a draw?

Thanks for the maths lesson!

And what did Adkins say? I'd imagine it was much the same as Allardyce, that he too would like his team to win!
Echo, this is all well and good but how many points would we be behind them in the event of a draw? Thanks for the maths lesson! And what did Adkins say? I'd imagine it was much the same as Allardyce, that he too would like his team to win! mbetts

12:47pm Tue 16 Oct 12

Block 34 says...

Spot on billy.. and especially forwarsd - don't take them off & take all the pressure off the opponents!!!
Spot on billy.. and especially forwarsd - don't take them off & take all the pressure off the opponents!!! Block 34

1:55pm Tue 16 Oct 12

OSPREYSAINT says...

Jos to get a hat trick in the right end this time?
Jos to get a hat trick in the right end this time? OSPREYSAINT

5:14pm Tue 16 Oct 12

franiow says...

Tried very hard to take offence at what Allardyce said, but clear summation of the situation. Not the be all and end all of the season, but these matches are important to show how we are doing. COYR
Tried very hard to take offence at what Allardyce said, but clear summation of the situation. Not the be all and end all of the season, but these matches are important to show how we are doing. COYR franiow

9:29pm Tue 16 Oct 12

holburyhalo says...

The claret & blue speak words quiet true but the red & whites will put up a fight & win by 2
The claret & blue speak words quiet true but the red & whites will put up a fight & win by 2 holburyhalo

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