Sam Allardyce is keen to build on West Ham United's impressive opening-day win against Aston Villa when the Hammers travel to Swansea City on Saturday.

Big Sam's first Barclays Premier League game as Hammers manager ended in a 1-0 win, courtesy of Kevin Nolan's 40th minute tap-in after good work from Ricardo Vaz Te. For the manager, the result was the culmination of seven weeks' meticulous planning and preparation.

Likewise, Big Sam was also pleased to have sent the vast majority of those inside the Boleyn Ground home happy - revealing that home comforts had spurred his players on to victory.

"We've been training since 1 July but played in our first game at home on Saturday," he explained. "We've not been able to play at home because of the Olympics so we trained on the pitch for three days running [last week] to familiarise ourselves with it again. We can get only better, particularly in the final third, but I'm delighted with our start.

"It was all right breaking the away record last year but the most important thing to do is to send the home fans home happy. Teams won't stand off us as much at home this year as last year we were the big boys. Everyone would lift their game against us. This year we are the minnows."

Next up for West Ham is a trip to Swansea, who notched up a stunning 5-0 away win at Queens Park Rangers in their own opening-day fixture. The Hammers will need to be on their game once more, but will take confidence from their exploits on the road last season that saw them achieve a club record 13 away league wins.

"Our fixture list hasn't given us any of the big boys in the opening games so you've got to try to take advantage. Not that I'm suggesting any game is easy as a newly-promoted team, but it gives you a much better chance to play to your best. If you play to your best against the big boys you can still get beaten.

"Hopefully against Swansea it continues where we left off and we collect those points before we go into that period where you expect life might be a more difficult for us.

"The big clubs have got to have a real off day for you to get a result which is why these fixtures are critical coming into the September/October period, when the big boys start flowing."

James Collins made his second debut against his former side and it looked as if he had never been away with a series of brave blocks and tackles. Collins was later picked as Man of the Match for his efforts by Match Sponsor LycaMobile, an award richly deserved according to his manager.

"He's got a lot of centre-half steel and desire about him. Winston Reid alongside him is maturing game by game. By the back end of last season we really missed him when he got injured playing for New Zealand.

"I believe if we'd had him we wouldn't have gone on that run of draws that cost us so much. Those two were the backbone of why we won the game."

Big Sam's side continued to press after Nolan's strike and could have made it two when Modibo Maiga, on as substitute for Carlton Cole, rounded Shay Given in the Villa goal only to see his shot cleared off the line. Although the Mali international did not quite mark his home debut with a goal in front of the Bobby Moore Stand, his manager was pleased with the composure he showed in taking the chance.

"I'm sure he'll be disappointed he didn't score. For me he showed no nerves, though, playing in a new country for the first time. He's just come on, out-ran the central defender, dropped his shoulder, rounded the goalkeeper and then to be fair the defender did really well getting back on the line.

"You would expect him to rush that as he's nervous as he's just come on. That's why he's a goalscorer so hopefully he'll be doing that on a regular basis when he gets himself up to speed in the Premier League.

"We call him 'Van', but we're not sure how we came about his nickname! We asked him what his name was and he just said 'Van' but as his English isn't that good yet we're not sure why and it might take a while to find out!"

With less than two weeks to go until the end of the transfer window, Big Sam is expecting more arrivals to supplement the eight new permanent additions made this summer. Indeed the manager hinted there could be a new arrival before the Hammers host Crewe Alexandra in the Capital One Cup second round a week on Tuesday.

"We will all see an uplift from everybody going into the last few days of the transfer window. It's only half open now and in a few days it will be a quarter open. We want to try get in that frame if we can."

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