Last Updated: Sun, 18 Nov 2012 14:45
Stoke manager Tony Pulis has paid tribute to his West Ham counterpart Sam Allardyce's ability to "get the job done".
The Potters are in London on Monday to take on a Hammers side who have accrued an impressive total of 18 points from their 11 Premier League matches so far this season following their promotion via the Championship play-offs last term.
It has been a considerable turnaround for West Ham since their relegation from the top flight in 2010/11 and quite the success story for Allardyce, whose appointment as boss at Upton Park in the summer of 2011 was not universally popular among the club's fans.
The 58-year-old has frequently been criticised during his managerial career for employing what are perceived to be unattractive, long-ball tactics despite his record indicating that the football his teams play is effective, and Pulis feels Allardyce deserves more credit.
Asked about Allardyce's critics, Pulis - who has faced accusations himself of using a negative playing style to get results - said: "Each to their own. I don't think he pays too much attention to what people do or do not think. He gets the job done and he has done a wonderful job at West Ham.
"It was very difficult for him. They played in the Championship, were the top team in the Championship and everyone would have wanted to knock them off their pedestal. It is difficult when it is like that, but he got them promoted in one season and they have had a great start this year."
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