BBC Sport - West Ham 2-0 Leicester: Sam Allardyce on being in top four

Top four spot delights Allardyce

West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce says being in the Premier League's top four is "a great Christmas present" after his side's 2-0 victory over Leicester at Upton Park.

Andy Carroll put the home side ahead, pouncing on a poor backpass from ex-Hammer Paul Konchesky and dinking the ball over the on-rushing Ben Hamer, before Stewart Downing doubled the hosts' advantage with a curling 20-yard shot.

Allardyce hails Stewart Downing as "one of the best attacking midfielders in the Premier League", a point of view supported by the fact he has created more goal-scoring chances (52) than any other player in the division so far this season.

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