West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce insists his side is looking forward to the upcoming run of tough fixtures.

The Hammers were beaten 3-1 by Tottenham today and next face Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool in the coming two weeks but Allardyce says his men are well up for the test in front of them.

"I think that the players at this football club worked very hard last year to play in fixtures like the ones coming up," he told reporters.

"It is always a massive challenge for a newly-promoted side to face the likes of Manchester United but I think it is a challenge that the players look forward to.

"It is all about accumulating the points and continuing to pick them up as often as possible. If we carry on to do this then we will move towards a points total that will ensure safety."

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