Allardyce celebrates Hammers promotion

Sat, 19 May 19:19:02 2012

Jubilant Sam Allardyce admitted leading West Ham to promotion back to the Barclays Premier League was the biggest achievement of his career.

Carlton Cole put the Hammers ahead before the break with Thomas Ince levelling the tie with a carbon copy effort. But Ricardo Vaz Te's dramatic late strike secured a 2-1 victory for the east Londoners.

Allardyce, who guided Bolton to promotion via the play-offs at the Millennium Stadium in 2001, said: "It's probably bettered that because it's West Ham United, with the size of the club and the pressure, and because it's at Wembley.

"It's the first time I have come here and won - not that I've been here very often. It's been an outstanding, thrilling season compared to where we came from.

"This is a memory for life and we will enjoy it. You want to go up automatically but if you don't and you win the final then it's a memory for everyone for years and years to come.

"The delight you get out of winning at a venue like this, the trophy, the medals, the celebrations, it's an outstanding achievement. It's bigger than anything else, other games played here are cup competitions but this is everything, it's about what's happened over 10 months, not six or seven games."

 

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