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Surprise choice for Sam’s best West Ham performance

PUBLISHED: 14:00 01 May 2015

West Ham United's Kevin Nolan, (right) battles for possession of the ball with Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas, (left) during the Barclays Premier League match at Upton Park, London.

West Ham United's Kevin Nolan, (right) battles for possession of the ball with Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas, (left) during the Barclays Premier League match at Upton Park, London.

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Hammers boss Sam Allardyce chooses defeat as his team’s top display

West Ham United's Carlton Cole (left) and Manchester City's Eliaquim Mangala (right) battle for the ball in the airWest Ham United's Carlton Cole (left) and Manchester City's Eliaquim Mangala (right) battle for the ball in the air

Forget the superb wins against Liverpool and Manchester City or away victories at Crystal Palace, Burnley and West Brom, Sam Allardyce has other ideas about the display of the campaign so far.

“Our best game was Chelsea at home,” he revealed.

“From start to finish, without any doubt, that was the best game we played.

“We beat Chelsea 3-1 in our first season back with a second-half performance, but in the first half we should have been three or four down.

Chelsea's Gary Cahill, (left) battles for possession of the ball with West Ham United's Diafra Sakho, (right) during the Barclays Premier League match at Upton Park, London.Chelsea's Gary Cahill, (left) battles for possession of the ball with West Ham United's Diafra Sakho, (right) during the Barclays Premier League match at Upton Park, London.

“This time there was nothing between the teams, that is how good we were.”

He continued: “We played Arsenal at home and were absolutely terrific, but they scored two in a short space of time and we lost, but for the first time we outpassed them.”

It was their wins over Liverpool and Man City at Upton Park that set the Hammers on course for a good season, but Allardyce looks beyond that.

“People talk about the best performances being ones that you have won, but they are not always,” he said.

“Look at Man City away. When we played them at home everybody said we were brilliant, but we had more possession and more attempts at goal in the away game and everyone said we were rubbish and lacklustre.

“In the emotion of it all, people don’t always realise the reality.”

It just goes to show that statistics can be misleading. West Ham played better at Man City?! I don’t think so.

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