Sam Allardyce has put West Ham's inconsistent start to the season down to the number of new faces in his squad
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Stewart Downing believes West Ham have a stronger squad this season as the challenge of juggling league and cup football beckons.
– Stewart Downing
I think all the new signings have settled in well and those who have played have made good starts.
We have a bit of a stronger squad this season which I think helps the manager. Last season the team had to literally pick itself at times because of injuries.
We have a lot more options now and can change it around a bit if needed.
Sam Allardyce is aiming to break West Ham's losing streak over Crystal Palace - but is expecting a tough challenge from a side still likely to play the 'Tony Pulis' way.
– Sam Allardyce
I think they have some better players than last season but they very much stick to the same type of structural organisation.
We didn't beat them last year and it will be just as difficult, if not more so, with the players they've brought in.
The new players have lots of Premier League experience and from that point of view we'll have a tough job.
There's still lots of excitement around the ground and the stadium, the players know their position now, they know what their job is.