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West Ham boss Allardyce respects in-form Southampton

West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce admits they face a flying Southampton this weekend.

He sees no reason why his side cannot put a halt to the Saints' charge at St Mary's.

"Nine points in three games, when you're struggling at the bottom and have been for most of the season, is a pretty dramatic turnaround, so they will be full of confidence," he said.

"The fans will be expecting to beat us, there's no doubt about that, after they've just beaten Liverpool and Chelsea at home.

"But I thought the Liverpool fans probably thought they were turning up and going to beat us last week, so we'll hopefully spoil Southampton's party as well."

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