West Ham United have overachieved this season, says Sam Allardyce

Sam Allardyce believes that West Ham United have "overachieved" in their first season back in the Premier League

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Sam Allardyce's side are 10th in the Premier League Photo: Back Page Images

Sam Allardyce believes West Ham United have “overachieved” in their first season back in the Premier League as the east London side close in on a top-10 finish.

The 58-year-old, who signed a new two-year contract with the Hammers last week after successfully steering the club to promotion from the Championship followed by top-flight survival, says that finishing 10th was the target for the season.

Victory in their final league game of the season at home to Reading on Sunday will secure a 10th-place finish – and Allardyce is thrilled that his side have been able to achieve their targets.

“From our point of view, it is well-documented that we will have reached our target,” said Allardyce.

“We split the season up into phases and we thought that our maximum ask this year, if everything went according to plan, would be 10th in the Premier League.

“We have tried everything to reach it and aimed for that. If you say: ‘come on, we can finish sixth’, they just know that’s going to be a tall order.

“Tenth was our maximum which means I think we’ve overachieved this year.”

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