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2013-10-12T23:01:00 Updated 2015-02-18T23:46:33

Hendo hails hard-working Hammers

Ian Hendon believes West Ham United got what they deserved when they won 3-0 at Tottenham Hotspur last weekend.

First-team coach Hendon hailed the hard work done by manager Sam Allardyce, his coaching staff, performance analysts and the players in preparing for and pulling off the sensational success at White Hart Lane.

The win was all the more outstanding for the fact that the Hammers lined up in an unconventional 4-6-0 formation without a central striker.

Hendo said the victory, which lifted West Ham out of the Barclays Premier League bottom-three, had also provided a huge boost to everyone associated with the Club.


"It was most definitely a very proud day for the Club," said the 41-year-old. "We had gone through a few away games and not scored, so to go to Tottenham and get three was obviously very pleasing.

"A lot of work went into how we played last week and it came to fruition on Sunday.

"The manager came in after the Hull game and we sat down as a staff and planned from the Monday morning. We have our meetings every morning and the thought went into that way back then.

"The lads were receptive to what we put on on the training ground during the week leading up to the game and I must say that the analysts' pre-match stuff that the lads saw was spot-on and they carried out the instructions to a tee.

"It culminated in a 3-0 away win at Spurs, so it was a good week's work."

Prior to going on a three-goal spree at Tottenham, West Ham's encouraging away form had not been rewarded with points.

The Hammers drew 0-0 at Newcastle United and Southampton before a disputed penalty saw them go down to a single-goal defeat at Hull City. At White Hart Lane, however, everything fell into place.

"Our defensive record away from home this season has been good and we were aware of that. When we slipped into the bottom three, we couldn't believe it, because everyone who had been to our away games would not say we would have been there because our performances have been good.

"Our defensive work has been sound and it had literally just been that finishing touch.

"Funnily enough, we played without a striker last Sunday and we went and scored three goals. It gave us a lot more freedom in midfield areas to go and join attacks, knowing that we were quite solid behind them."

Having overcome one of the Barclays Premier League's big guns on the road, Hendon said the challenge was now to end a run of two straight home defeats by beating another of them at the Boleyn Ground.

Manchester City visit on Saturday 19 October, when the Hammers will be looking to take their points tally to eleven from their opening eight league matches.

"It's important to get the wins on the board. Last season, we had a fantastic start with 14 points from our first eight games. We set ourselves targets in blocks of games and we're still on course to hit that target with a game to go.

"Obviously a win gives everyone a boost and a lift but the manager is very calm and calculated whether we are winning games or getting beaten. He doesn't show any signs of stress and continues day-in, day-out and it's a calming influence on everybody around him.

"The win before the international break gave everyone a boost and they came bouncing into training afterwards, and that's the way football is."

While 4-6-0 may have paid dividends at Spurs, Hendon said there is no guarantee Big Sam will employ the same system against Manuel Pellegrini's side.

"We have done more talking because, with the international break, we will not have the full squad back at Chadwell Heath until the Thursday before the game on the Saturday.

"Our preparation for the game will be a bit different because we won't have a whole week to go at it, but we'll have our ideas and thoughts and hit them when they are back together on the training field on the Thursday and the Friday and play it out there."

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