West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce congratulates Andy Carroll after he scored his second goal against Swansea City during their English Premier League soccer match at Upton Park in London, December 7, 2014.
West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce and Andy Carroll REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

West Ham United striker Andy Carroll credits his side's recent success to club manager Sam Allardyce, who has been working on and employing the appropriate tactics to get ahead of the opposition.

The Hammers have won four of their five previous outings in the Premier League, making a surprising run, so far, and occupying the fourth spot of the table.

"We can do anything. He knows how to beat managers, their tactics," he said.

"He knows what they are going to do against us. It's just a game of chess, really, looking a move ahead."

"He's not the same every week. He wants a win but you've got to watch the teams, how they're playing, how we're going to break them down and win the game."

"He's got loads of different ways of attacking, we've got loads of dimensions to go forward. That's what our qualities are at the minute."

Allardyce also did his job last summer, bringing in the likes of Alex Song, Enner Valencia, Aaron Cresswell, and Diafra Sakho, among others, who are making huge contributions on the pitch.

"He's brought in some great players. He's changed the team around a lot and the players he's brought in have settled in nicely," he added.

"All the lads are buzzing and it comes from the manager's choice of players and how he wants to play now. We're playing great football, and I think any team that we play against is going to be worried about us."

"We've got more than one attacking option: play it on the floor, play it in the air, down the sides. There's a belief. Everyone's flying at the minute. Everyone's looking forward to every game."

"Every week we're thinking, there's another three points here, potentially."

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