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Big Sam aims to end Palace hoodoo

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.

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.

– Sam Allardyce

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Big Sam aiming for top ten

Sam Allardyce has put the trials and tribulations of last year behind him as he targets a top-10 Barclays Premier League finish this campaign.

I would take 10th or better - I think we have got to aim at least at that position.

If we score more goals than last season then it is achievable for us. If we can do the same as last season from a defensive point of view, with 14 clean sheets, then 50 goals will be enough for us.

We scored 40 goals last year, 46 the year before, so if we can hit the 50-goal mark I think that will be enough to take us into the top 10 or better.

– West Ham manager Sam Allardyce
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