Sam Allardyce has already started planning how to mastermind another victory against Chelsea, despite admitting it will take a few days to fully get over the frustration of Saturday's defeat against Norwich City.

The Hammers were undone by a combination of individual mistakes and flashes of brilliance in the 3-1 loss at Carrow Road, but have a chance to banish the memory when Jose Mourinho's Blues visit the Boleyn Ground following the conclusion of the international break. Big Sam oversaw arguably West Ham's finest win of last season when they overcame Chelsea, the reigning European Champions, 3-1, despite being a goal down at half-time.

"It's the second time we go into an international break on the back of a defeat," Big Sam said. "We lost to Stoke but then we beat Spurs.

"It's a miserable time when you've lost but it's a nice relaxing time if you've won so I'll be as miserable as sin for a few days but I'll have to get over it and start getting the lads ready for Chelsea at home on 23 November."

The result leaves the Hammers on ten points from eleven games and although that total keeps them out of the relegation zone, their manager is wary of having a lower points total than games played tally for too long. He is offering no excuses for Saturday's result, though, and said that it is down to him and everyone else at the Club to ensure a win is delivered as soon as possible for the Hammers fans.

"I'm not nervous about the league position. I'm concerned that history tells you it's not the position that matters, it's the points total you have against games you've played and at present our points total is less than the games played. It's very dangerous.

"We can't keep saying we're playing well but not getting results. Everyone at this club is being paid to win and we're not winning the games we should be winning. We've got to get back to winning ways as quickly as we can."

As West Ham did against Chelsea in last season's game, Norwich City came back from a goal down at the break after Ravel Morrison had slid home Kevin Nolan's pass to open the scoring. A penalty from Gary Hooper, a free-kick from Robert Snodgrass and a decisive late strike from Leroy Fer did the damage, leaving Big Sam scratching his head about how his team did not leave Norfolk with a better result after dominating the first half.

"I don't think I've ever been so on top before and lost. The first half performance was great and ultimately we got what we wanted but then when you make basic errors like we did, this league punishes you. It lifted Norwich and they've taken full advantage.

"We went there and completely controlled and had Norwich on the back foot but our lack of consistency and a couple of unfortunate errors means we've ended up losing a game we shouldn't have."

One of the positives to come from defeat was the performance of the returning James Collins, who stepped back into the defence alongside James Tomkins in the place of the inured Winston Reid. While the New Zealand international's ankle injury continues to be assessed, Big Sam was happy with the efforts of his new central defensive partnership.

"I can't see too much that James Tomkins and James Collins did wrong. I thought they were extremely solid at the back.

"We didn't miss Winston Reid as I thought they were very good and from a defensive point of view they didn't deserve to concede three goals.

"The third goal came when we threw everybody forward so we were either going to get a 2-2 or they were going to sneak one, which they did. Snodgrass has hit a brilliant free-kick over the wall into the net. You can't fault the wall or the goalkeeper when they put them in that area."

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