Allen made 190 league appearances for West Ham, scoring 25 goals, and also played for Queens Park Rangers, Portsmouth and Southend United. "We knew with three players up front they would always cause problems".
Huddersfield Town, on the other hand, have surprised for all the right reasons.
"We are up and running, it is nice to be at home and it is nice to get the victory". It is impossible to get it but it is becoming our home more and more'.
It was the first goal that Huddersfield - or Lossl - have conceded in their first season back in the top flight.
Second-half goals from Pedro Obiang - thanks to a huge deflection - and Andre Ayew secured a 2-0 win over Huddersfield. "I really have a feeling, and I see the players, we trained here yesterday and the day before, we like it more and more", he said.
Just as they seemed to be stretching West Ham, they nearly shot themselves in the foot as Zanka sliced an attempted clearance just wide of his own goal.
"It's going to be a great game of heart and desire".
"We were not fearless enough to ask for the ball in tight spaces and this was a big, big problem", said Wagner, who admitted he was at a loss to find any positives from the night.