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Cole hails Allardyce's tactical switch
Created on 02 Dec., 2012 5:06 AM GMT
West Ham striker Carlton Cole has praised manager Sam Allardyce after his side's 3-1 win over Chelsea on Saturday.
Cole equalised for West Ham after Juan Mata had given the visitors the lead before setting up Mohamed Diame to drill in a second.
Diame's introduction at the break proved influential and Modibo Maiga wrapped up the points with a third strike in injury time.
"I've got to put it down to the gaffer's tactics," Cole told Sky Sports. "We were a bit defensive in the first half. We switched it around and put on some attacking players who came on and did brilliantly for us."
Cole has had a somewhat sluggish start to the season but the striker is looking forward after scoring his first English Premier League goal of the campaign.
"I haven't had a good time in the league of late but I just knew if I kept working hard, training hard, a goal would come and it came at the right time for us," he said. "We needed the goal and went on to win the game.
"Andy (Carroll) has done a great job, done brilliantly. He scored against Tottenham the other night, he was going to keep on going but he's been a bit tired and picked up an injury as well.
"I'm always there for back up and all I was trying my best when I'm called upon."
Diame also spoke about his manager's tactical changes which saw West Ham score three unanswered second-half goals.
Regarding Allardyce's team-talk, Diame said: "Just try to attack a lot and bring something more in the midfield. I think we did well today.
"For us it's a great result. We are confident, looking forward to the next game against Liverpool and we'll try to do the same."