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Allardyce hails Maiga after ending drought at Spurs

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce. Photo: Stephen Pond/PA Wire West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce. Photo: Stephen Pond/PA Wire

Thursday, December 19, 2013
1:45 AM

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce hailed Modibo Maiga after he scored the winner against Tottenham in the Capital One Cup quarter final.

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The Hammers had fallen behind to a goal from Emmanuel Adebayor before Matt Jarvis levelled things up going into the final 10 minutes.

And as the clock ran down Maiga rose highest to head home Mo Diame’s cross to score his first goal for the Hammers since a last minute goal against Chelsea on December 1 2012.

“I’m delighted for him,” Allardyce said. “He showed glimpses of what we saw.

“I hope it unlocks the door for him and continue to improve and score goals like he did today. We’re so short of goals that had we scored five or six more we’d be in 10th position, not in the bottom four.

“The eight clean sheets have been the basis of a good season. We’ve not socred the goals to take advantage. We really enjoyed it and beating our rivals. We can enjoy tonight and get back to business tomorrow.”

Maiga then drew Lloris into making a good save and Allardyce was delighted to exploit their defensive frailties.

“I wish he had scored the second as that’d have been a super goal,” he added.

“Scoring with his head, getting in the right area, getting the balls put in the box. We know Tottenham have had a few problems at centre halves and in the end we exploited that when we got the second.

“You can only do your best against who you play against. From our point of view, irrespective of whether Tottenham have got injuries or not, so have we – we’ve got nine injured but my squads only worth about a fifth of Tottenham’s squad.

“Most of them were free transfers. We haven’t done too bad given the wealth and size of player that Tottenham have bought.”

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