Big Sam tar­gets a gr-eight fin­ish

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SAM AL­LARDYCE is tar­get­ing a top-eight fin­ish with West Ham.

A free week­end al­lowed the Ham­mers to take a break in Dubai ahead of Sat­ur­day’s trip to Arse­nal.

And boss Al­lardyce said: “Eighth for us is achiev­able – we should al­ready be there.

“We should have al­ready se­cured a lot more points, but we haven’t and that shows you the frail­ties of the squad.

“Even though our per­for­mances have been ex­cel­lent, our wins have turned into draws and be­cause of that we have slipped down the league a lit­tle bit.

“For now, though, it’s about these last 10 games, se­cur­ing as many points as pos­si­ble and try­ing to hit the tar­get of eighth.”

Al­lardyce has grown tired of hard-luck sto­ries af­ter see­ing his side drop points to a last-minute Spurs penalty and a one-goal de­feat at Chelsea.

He added: “Un­for­tu­nately, against Chelsea we didn’t get what we wanted be­cause we didn’t fin­ish our chances and they scored an off­side goal.

“But against Tot­ten­ham, we were only five sec­onds away from three points. So we can win and win­ning is the most im­por­tant thing for us now.”

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