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WEST HAM manager Sam Allardyce has warned he could make changes for tonight's top of the table npower Championship clash against leaders Southampton despite a dominant display over Blackpool. The Hammers climbed to second in the table after a convincing 4-0 hammering of the Seasiders in what Allardyce called a "complete perfor mance".

The win included a brace for 22-year-old striker Sam Baldock and goals for John Carew and Jack Collison.

Southampton, who have won all their home games this season, are now just two points ahead of West Ham after their 1-1 draw at Derby on Saturday.

But Allardyce could switch from a 4-4-2system to 4-3-3 in a bid to nullify Saints' threat at St Mary's.

"I will change things if I think it's necessary," Allardyce said. "I will adapt my team first and foremost to nullify Southampton's strengths.

"If we don't do that we will become one of many teams to lose at Southampton.

Sam did very well and he's different to the other strikers we have. People were saying he ought to be in the team as soon as we signed him but he is a young player and I wanted him to settle in first."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Oct 18, 2011
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