Manager on Monday

Sam Allardyce is hoping West Ham United can cause another 'storm' in East London when Manchester City visit the Boleyn Ground on Saturday.

Allardyce believes his side will be full of confidence following the 3-1 win at Burnley at the weekend - their second consecutive Barclays Premier League victory. However, the West Ham manager is fully aware that the reigning champions are likely to provide the biggest test yet of his of new-look Hammers side, but is determined to give the home fans something to cheer.

"In the last two seasons we've had to wait a long time for back-to-back wins. This time we've got it in the first eight games, but we needed it as it's one of the big boys this weekend," he said.

"I think when you have had back-to-back wins you go into a game that you're not expected to win with much more confidence than you would normally. West Ham fans would expect us to get something from the game but across the board not many other people will.

"So we will be looking to cause another storm and another shock like we did against Liverpool a couple of weeks ago."

With both the Hammers and the Citizens in freescoring mood, the game promises goals and while City possess big name forwards in Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko, West Ham have a couple of striking superstars themselves in Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia. Sakho's headed opener at Burnley made it six goals in as many starts, while Enner Valencia's also nodded a second - his fourth for Club and country within the space of a week.

"I would tell Diafra to just keep going," Big Sam enthused. "He's hit the ground well and surprised us all and we just want to make sure it continues. It's my job to make sure he keeps his feet on the ground and doesn't get carried away.

"He has so much energy and desire. Before he goes out I can see it in him - he just feels like he's going to score and when we needed him again he delivered.

"When Enner came back having scored three goals [for Ecuador], he was never not going to play as we hoped he would carry that on and he has. It was very similar to Diafra's goal - fantastic cross and a brilliant header. He's only 5fit 9in and has such a great spring to get between defenders and they can't stop him.

"These two lads will get more and more attention. At the moment they're a bit of nobodies in the Premier League but soon people will catch on and will make life a bit more difficult for them. We'll see if they can handle that but they're certainly the big two for us at the moment in terms of these victories."

The win moved West Ham to fourth in the table but Big Sam is insistent that his squad keep their feet on the ground.

"I think 13 points in eight matches is a really good score and our players in the dressing room think it should have been more from some of the performances. If the referee at Old Trafford hadn't wrongly disallowed a goal we would still be undefeated away from home.

"That's very important as not only have we turned our home form into victories, having lost the first two, but our away form is fantastic having two wins, a draw and only one defeat. If we can keep that going we can have a good season but we must keep our feet on the ground as it's only eight games so far.

"We'll have a better idea when we get to 12 or 14 games as that'll be the big telling point but the squad is looking very good in its strength in depth."

Big Sam celebrated his 60th birthday on Sunday and he confessed the celebrations on Saturday night were all the more enjoyable following the Turf Moor victory. He was quick to credit his players for delivering the number one present on his gift list.

"I went out with some friends on Saturday and the wine tasted exceptionally good. If I wanted one present I said it would be a win at Burnley and the lads have made me very, very happy. I don't ask the lads for much but I told them it was my birthday this weekend so please get me a result!

"As hard as it was in the first half, the second half was where the quality of our team stood out and the quality of the first two goals made it difficult to beat us."