Allardyce eyes Potters boost

WEST HAM boss Sam Allardyce has urged his high-flying team to give themselves a boost before a tricky run of fixtures by beating Stoke tonight at Upton Park.

The Hammers have made a fine start on their return to the Premier League, with five wins and 18 points from 11 games, but face Tottenham, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool in the next four games.

“The tough phase has already begun for us and, after Stoke on Monday we go into a run against the other big boys,” said Allardyce, whose men took a point off champions Manchester City and beat Newcastle.

“We’ve coped very well so far and I hope we continue to cope on Monday night because that’s a big game for us.”