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Allardyce remaining grounded as West Han win play-off semi-final first leg

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce remained cautious despite a 2-0 advantage in their play-off semi-final first-leg with Cardiff. Two first-half goals from Jack Collison secured a victory for the Hammers, with the return leg at Upton Park on Monday.

"We're not going to get carried away. It was a terrific result but there's a long way to go," Allardyce said.

"We need to be as professional on Monday as we were in Cardiff and that should be enough to take us through."

He added: "Two goals is a margin that's difficult for them but they'll be thinking about getting the first goal and whether we'll be nervous and edgy and trying to protect what we've got."

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