Last Updated: Sun, 18 Nov 2012 14:33
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce believes Stoke will feel they have under-achieved in the Premier League so far this season.
Allardyce welcomes Tony Pulis' side to Upton Park on Monday night with the Potters sitting 14th in the table having collected only two wins this term.
The Hammers have picked up six more points than Monday's visitors and, although Allardyce knows his side face a challenge, he reckons Pulis will feel Stoke should be further up the table.
"Tony Pulis' team are well drilled and disciplined in the way they want to play," Allardyce said. "I think that they get the defensive side of it right, as I try to do as well.
"I think the improvement in the quality of their players has made them an established Premier League side now.
"I think Tony probably thinks they are under-achieving a bit at the minute with the team he has built over the last few years. He had a more difficult start to the season in terms of fixtures than we did, so I'm sure they'll get back to winning ways, but I hope it's not on Monday."
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