Former West Ham United midfielder Martin Allen believes his old Club's recent run of form proves Joint-Chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold right in their backing for manager Sam Allardyce.

The Hammers have won four games in a row to jump up to tenth in the Barclays Premier League table, less than a month since they sat in the bottom three.

Allen, who played more than 200 games for West Ham in the late 1980s and early 1990s, says it is important for Big Sam's men to try and maintain their positive momentum over the final eleven games of the season.

He said: "I've been very impressed, but it's only expected in my opinion. Far too many people got on the bandwagon and got carried away and the results weren't good, but if good players aren't playing, whoever the manager is you're not going to win.

"The team looks strong now and I think sometimes you can draw strength from the adversity around the football club if you have the right people involved, and I think it's commendable the way the owners stuck by the manager.

"They were very supportive, and those supportive messages ripple through the whole Club, from the manager to the players. The owners had faith in him.

"I think the clean sheet record, 13 clean sheets, has gone under the radar a little bit. That's testament to the coaches, Sam, Neil McDonald, the analysts and everyone who works behind the scenes - that doesn't just happen through luck.

"When you lose games you lose self-belief, you lose confidence and you start to question yourself. That can creep in, but at a reserve game I sat with Neil McDonald and he said the players were training well - he had that belief and quite clearly when they've got their players back on the pitch, there are good players here."

And the one-time combative midfielder christened 'Mad Dog' by the Boleyn Ground faithful believes a strong finish will strengthen the Hammers' hand in the transfer market this summer.

"They'll want to keep building the momentum that they've had recently, and that means picking up points, whether that be draws, wins, good performances, and keeping the positive vibes in the dressing room and in the stands.

"You can build from this and roll it into next year, and it helps with the recruitment of players, the higher up the league you finish the better."