West Ham fans enjoyed their maiden away win of the season while also celebrating their side’s first road goals in an extremely satisfying 3-0 win over Tottenham.
Sam Allardyce’s tactical masterstroke of playing a striker-less 4-6-0 formation boiled down to the root of the White Hart Lane success and, with Andy Carroll not slated to return during 2013, could form the basis of a top ten finish, a feat The Hammers are 5/2 to achieve.
West Ham’s 4-6-0 formation suits their personnel perfectly
Andy Carroll’s absence through injury leaves the claret and blue boys with only Ricardo Vaz Te, Modibo Maiga and Mladen Petric as options to lead the attack. Petric seems untrusted, while the remaining duos substantial pace but subsequent lack of brawn means they’re better suited to the wide roles of a front three. They therefore can be better used as the perfect counter-attacking weapon in away matches.
Removing a lone-striker and adding him to a six man midfield allows The Hammers to soak up home side onslaughts effectively, before releasing Vaz Te, Maiga or Stewart Downing on the counter.
The ever-running engine that is Ravel Morrison is another considerably talented string to The Hammers’ bow and his eagerness to get forward from midfield means Allardyce’s men will always have a dangerous option or two on the counter.
At least 13 away points is the benchmark for a top ten finish
In West Ham’s 17 completed Premier League seasons they have finished above the fold nine times.
In all of those campaigns they have managed to garner 13 points or more from their scheduled away games.
With a new, winning formula, five points from their opening four away games already (which includes just one defeat) and some favourable upcoming trips, another top half Premier League finish seems to beckon.
Allardyce next three road trips won’t have him quaking
After toppling Tottenham at the Lane, West Ham’s road confidence will be seeping from their every pore.
To aid their swagger, they have three very winnable upcoming trips. Swansea, who haven’t won a home games in the league yet, Norwich and their cuddly toy attack and one-win Crystal Palace all lie in wait for the Hammers, who could reasonably expect nine points to come their way along with a nailed on top half finish.