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Incentive of Dubai trip acted as spur for West Ham revival

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has revealed a warm-weather training camp in Dubai has acted as an incentive for the Hammers to collect ten points from four games. "It's already benefited us," he said.

"Once the lads knew the trip was booked four or five weeks ago, it has been part of our turnaround. It was something for them to look forward to, to strive for and to know that they are going to do what I've done every year for the last 14 years.

"The critical need for it for every player we have is for them to get a bit of sun on their back, do a little bit of light training and ease the pressure on the mind, soul and body. They will come back refreshed.

"We've already had a massive response because they have been looking forward to it so much, and now they can look forward to it even more because of what they have just achieved."

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