West Ham boss Sam Allardyce wants Boleyn Ground to become fortress
Sam Allardyce is hoping West Ham's return to home comforts will help them back to winning ways against Manchester Utd.
Last Updated: 22/03/14 4:42pm
United arrive at the Boleyn Ground buoyed after qualifying for the Champions League quarter-finals in midweek.
Allardyce's Hammers dragged themselves out of the Premier League bottom three with four consecutive victories but have lost their last two fixtures on the road at Everton and Stoke.
A 3-1 reverse against Allardyce's former club Newcastle in mid-January is the only home league game the Irons have lost since the turn of the year and, with the Red Devils 12 points off the top four, the 59-year-old wants to continue a decent home run.
"Our efforts at home are what I have been focusing on with the players," he said.
"We have won the last three home games on the trot and we have to try to continue that if we can to overcome the little blip we have suffered following two away games we have taken nothing from.
"The focus is to maintain the home results and try our best to pull off a big win, but if we can't, come away with at least a point."
David Moyes has struggled to follow on from the success of Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford, with United currently seventh in the table and on the back of a 3-0 defeat to bitter rivals Liverpool last weekend.
However, they will go into the game on the back of their 3-0 win over Olympiakos and Allardyce is not taking the challenge lightly.
"Everyone is talking about Manchester United this, Manchester United that," he added.
"But in their last away game they disposed of West Brom fairly easily with a 3-0 victory. David Moyes has so many players to choose from that fatigue won't come into it because he can change the side with top international players if he wants to."
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