Allardyce defiant after West Ham draw a blank

sp-jun2-allardyce.jpgWest Ham manager Sam Allardyce was in defiant mood after last night's 0-0 draw against Bristol City.

The Irons created plenty of chances against the struggling Robins but wayward finishing saw them draw a blank, leaving them second in the Championship, five points behind Southampton.

Allardyce's side have picked up seven points in their last three games, but the fans were clearly disgruntled not to see City swept away. He asked them to look at the performance, rather than the result.

He said: "If you produce 19 attempts on goal and 10 are on target you would expect to win the game, but we haven't and that's the frustrating part of it. [But] if performances continue like that then we'll win far more than we'll draw or lose.

"The performance was very pleasing, the frustration is the result. We're in great form, getting great results and hitting the position in the league where we want to be.

"We are frustrated we've lost two points on Southampton, but it'll swing and turn so many times between now and the end of the season. It's never won in the beginning of November, only at the back end of April. I'd prefer to be first, but we're not too far away."

Of more immediate concern to Allardyce is his lengthening injury list ahead of Saturday's trip to Hull.

Reid1.jpgWinston Reid dislocated his shoulder against City and will be out of action for several weeks, while John Carew has a knee injury, leaving the Irons squad very thin.

He said: "It will be another search in the loan market very quickly to see if we can find a quality player that will help us with the numbers.

"What we've got to do is keep our run of results going and come away with points at Hull City, which will be a very difficult game based on the form that Hull are in at the moment and the numerous injuries we've got to cope with. If the lads can lift and perform like they did tonight I think they'll win there.

"Then we'll look at the two-week international break to try and resolve some of our problems by getting the players fit again who are injured and perhaps adding to the squad with a loan player."