West Ham boss Sam Allardyce praises West Ham's win over Southampton
Sam Allardyce was full of praise for the second-half display that saw West Ham sweep to a 4-1 win over Southampton.
Last Updated: 21/10/12 7:56am
A below-par display in the first half was quickly forgotten when Mark Noble and Kevin Nolan scored with a couple of minutes of the restart.
Adam Lallana narrowed the gap with a fine goal after 63 minutes, but a second for Noble from the penalty spot and the goal of the game from substitute Modibo Maiga late on eased the home side to all three points.
"We were a little lacklustre in the first half," said the West Ham boss. "We could not find the right tempo, we could not pass well enough or create enough chances.
"Southampton did not have any real chances, and we had to point out to the players just how important this game was and what they needed to do to get to the form we know they are capable of.
"The first goal settled us down, then we were off and running, and I thought the second half was a tremendous performance with some tremendous goals.
"A 4-1 win at home never looked on at half-time, but credit to the players and the way they picked themselves up. There was some fantastic finishing and a 4-1 win for a team like ours that has just been promoted is a brilliant three points for us.
"We are 10 points ahead of Southampton at that bottom end, and we are always looking at that because we have just been promoted."
Andy Carroll is still seeking his first goal for West Ham since his loan move from Liverpool, but Allardyce was keen to praise the striker's all-round contribution.
He said: "He is a nuisance to defenders, to try to win the ball, to try to play the ball out. While he did not get a real chance today, his hold-up play allowed us to start to spring off and get into the game more.
"It was great for Yossi Benayoun to get out onto the pitch as well, and at the crucial time he has shown top quality with a beautiful ball to the far post for Nolan to touch in. A lot of our players would have tried to shoot, but he picked out Kevin brilliantly."