Manager on Tuesday

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce praised his team's work rate as they secured a deserved 2-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers on Sunday.

An early Nedum Onuoha own goal and a fifth goal of the season for striker Diafra Sakho saw the Hammers claim all three points at the Boleyn Ground.

The win saw the Hammers rise to seventh in the Premier League table, above the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool. Allardyce was full of praise saying: "Our second goal came at a big moment for us. Even though we dominated the game, it came at a time when QPR were coming back into it.

"It's that man Sakho again, he is in the right position. I think it killed their spirit. I'm happy because it was a well deserved win and another good performance from the team."

New signing Sakho has been in superb form this season, notching his fifth goal in as many games. The manager continued: "We knew he was a good player, he scored 20 goals last year but we didn't know how well he would adjust to the Premier League.

"His work rate, desire and his runs are so good. He has a great knack of being in the right place at the right time."

Alongside Sakho, the manager described how impressed he is with how quickly his new recruits have gelled together.

"If I'm honest they've settled in quicker than I expected. Kouyate made a fantastic impact before he got injured, obviously Valencia and Sakho have been brilliant as well. Mauro has found it a little bit more difficult but overall has done very well.

"Aaron Cresswell looks like he's played in the Premier League all his career. We all know about Alex Song, he's not even fit yet. When he is, we'll see even more of him. Our strength in depth was tested today as we had seven players out injured, but I thought we coped magnificently."

Allardyce believes the secret behind the new signings settling in so well comes from the hard work of experienced players such as the captain, Kevin Nolan.

"As an experienced manager I know how important it is to help new players, especially foreign ones, to settle in. We have a very welcoming dressing room here. Our captain Kevin Nolan builds the bonds with the new players.

"Because of that it helps them to hit the ground running. If I'm honest they've settled in quicker than I expected, especially as all the players have done well so far."

While the new players have performed well above expectations, Allardyce is just as delighted with the efforts of one of his most senior players, Stewart Downing: "He's been fantastic, for me he was my man of the match.

"The amount of ball we got to him has done fantastic. He's spraying balls well, opening up defences and scoring goals. With the experience he's got, it's wonderful to see him show the quality we know he's got."

Another positive for the manager to take into the upcoming international break was securing the first clean sheet of the season. The manager continued: "I thought our focus and concentration was very good. We didn't make the mistakes that we made against Manchester United last week.

"We've conceded too many goals through defensive errors so far. Hopefully we'll keep [Sunday's performance] up for the rest of the season."