Sam Allardyce hailed the perfect end to West Ham United's home Barclays Premier League campaign, as an outstanding Hammers performance paved the way for a third successive win against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

Stewart Downing's enterprising run ended with the dismissal of Younes Kaboul after just 25 minutes, as the West Ham wideman was denied a clear sight of goal.

The opener followed shortly after, when Andy Carroll's header glanced off Harry Kane on its way in, before Downing himself joined the party with his measured free-kick finding the bottom corner. 

That the hosts failed to add to their tally after the interval owed much to Hugo Lloris, but his heroics were hardly about to detract from a fantastic afternoon at the Boleyn Ground.

As Big Sam told West Ham TV: "Outstanding! From start to finish everybody really enjoyed the day. I think the players were a little nervous, which was a good thing, I think, as that gave them the edge to go out and perform like they did against a very good Tottenham side.

"Even before they got the player sent off, we had such a positive start in threatening the opposition's back four, where we felt that their weakness would be. Of course, when Stewart Downing got through one-on-one, he was going to get a shot off on the 'keeper. It's definitely a free-kick and definitely a sending off.

"Had Tottenham not had Lloris on the pitch, I might be sat here with four or five goals. But certainly two was more than enough at half-time. Pity we didn't get any more, but a fantastic performance overall and a positive end to the season [at home.]

"The squad has had to stick together through tough times, but on Saturday, to finish off at home with a win, against our old rivals, our third win on the trot against them, it really couldn't have finished any better. We did want to do better in between times, but we're safe, we're in the Premier League, we can grow, we can build, we can hopefully get better." 

Despite having had to endure four successive defeats beforehand, Big Sam explained that his pre-match message was an entirely positive one, reminding the players of their prior victories at Spurs.   

"I told them that it's time they showed a bit more devilment and a bit more of the passion, as well as the football and put that into the game," he added. "I asked them to get on the front foot and really commit to the opportunity to try and beat Tottenham who are a big top-six side now, and spent big, big money last year.

"We know the success we had against them in the two games we played at White Hart Lane. So we know how to beat them, because we've done it twice before, let's make sure we go and do it again and, of course, we've done it magnificently well." 

Victory on Saturday means the Hammers can finally start putting plans into action for next season, certain that the Club will dine at England's top table for a third successive campaign.

He continued: "We're in the Barclays Premier League yet again and it's for me, the Joint-Chairmen and Vice-Chairman Karren Brady to look at the overall picture of the Club. To sit down and really get the plans underway for,  firstly, the pre-season and then the signings, or re-signing of players who are out of contract.

"Then the big one, new players, who are hopefully targeted and come in wanting to play for West Ham. Hopefully by the start of next season, we'll have a better squad than we have now."

But there is, of course, the small matter of a final-day trip to title-chasing Manchester City still to come. West Ham fans can now head to the Etihad Stadium carefree with Big Sam grateful for their immense backing on Saturday.      

"From start to finish the fans had to plenty to support. When they have plenty to support, they're thrilled with what they see, they're behind the players and always have been.

"We know that we don't have the same thrills, the same excitement in professional football without an atmosphere. The fans are a key element to that atmosphere and Saturday was a fantastic atmosphere all the way around the ground.

"Everybody will be looking forward to the Man City game, there's no real pressure on us, apart from being as professional as we possibly can and trying to stop Manchester City's big day."