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Ruthless Allardyce looking to inflict more misery on Southampton

Sam Allardyce has no sympathy for Southampton’s plight.

Unlike West Ham United, the Saints secured promotion to the Premier League by finishing in the top two of the Championship last season. However, they have struggled to make their mark in the top-flight, having lost five of their opening seven matches and picking up just four points thus far.

Next up is a trip to Upton Park to take on the Hammers, who are currently in eighth place after making an impressive return to the elite division. And manager Allardyce is relishing the opportunity to put further distance between his side and Nigel Adkins’ men.

"Southampton have not had the best of starts and have had some difficult games and have been conceding a number of goals and we've got to try to take advantage of that,” he told the official club website.

"If you can pick up points from teams of similar standing to you then you take three points and they don't get any points. It's almost a six-pointer this early in the season. If we win, they'd only have four points and we'd have 14 and that's a massive gap that they'd have to try and close over the coming games."

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