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12th Jan, 2017 | 9:44am

Allardyce reflects on time at West Ham ahead of Saturday clash

By Harvey Byrne

Crystal Palace boss Sam Allardyce has shared that he had “four very enjoyable years” at West Ham ahead of Saturday’s clash at the London Stadium.

The experienced manager is preparing to travel to the Hammers’ new ground for the first time in an encounter which sees 13th face 17th.

Six points currently separate the two London rivals in the league and Allardyce told reporters ahead of the game, as quoted by the official Palace Twitter account that he was looking to pick up the three points against his old side.

Allardyce was appointed the boss of West Ham in the summer of 2011 with the club in the Championship.

He won promotion back to the top flight at the first time of asking via the play-offs with Reading and Southampton taking the automatic spots.

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He helped consolidate the Hammers in the English top flight and he finished with the club in 12th place in 2015 after his contract expired.

Allardyce has since had spells at Sunderland and England, but his goal will now be to save Palace from the relegation zone.

He will be looking at Slaven Bilic’s side as a team he can take all three points from as they come off the back of three straight defeats against Leicester, Manchester United and Manchester City.

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