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Allardyce on Nene

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NeneheavenSam Allardyce will be keeping a careful eye on loan signing Nene over the next 24 hours as he assesses his striking options for the Chelsea game.

Nene made an encouraging start as a sub on Saturday but is certain to remain on the bench with Sakho and Valencia starting.

Allardyce said: “I thought Nene did well, he showed some nice touches and it’s encouraging for us for the upcoming games. I think had his shot gone instead of hitting the post it would’ve given us the lift we needed.

“It’ll take a few games to get up to the required speed of this level, but he showed he can find space in a crowded area which is an important quality. The more he plays, the better he’ll get and we’re looking forward to seeing more from him soon.”

He added: “I can’t fault the performances, apart from Saturday. Turning performances into victories has been a big issue for us and something we need to address, starting with Chelsea on Wednesday night.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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