West Ham back to winning ways at Hull
West Ham got back to winning ways with a 2-0 victory at Hull but manager Sam Allardyce is not resting on his laurels.
The Irons boss knows his squad needs bolstering as injuries threaten to derail his promotion plans, and he plans to use this week's international break to bring in some loan cover.
The squad is particularly thin at the back, with Winston Reid, Guy Demel and Joey O'Brien all out.
Allardyce said: "My main priority is to find a central defender to loan for the next two or three months. Abdoulaye Faye and James Tomkins were outstanding [at Hull] but they were the only two defenders we have at the club at the moment. I have to fill that position and help us carry on this great run of results that we are on.
"The results have shown the quality in the squad is good enough but the depth of it is the problem. The two-week break is at the right time for us. We don't have many players away which is a blessing and we should get some of our injured players back in the squad to help us restart the league."
Sam Baldock and Jack Collison scored the goals that beat Hull at the KC Stadium, while Robert Green was back to his best - turning in a fine goalkeeping display to frustrate the hosts.
Allardyce paid tribute to his keeper, who has rediscovered his best form following a knee operation in September that kept him out of action for a month.
He said: "He has recovered two weeks ahead of schedule and he feels brilliant. There is a real spring in his step by how comfortable he feels after the operation.
"Mentally he feels so much better about the knee than he did before he had the operation so that is a massive plus for any player when they have to go under the surgeon and come back feeling miles better.
"He has got the great support there that's always needed for a goalkeeper and a real good defence in front of him that means when he is called upon it is only now and then.
"He is not being bombarded on a regular basis like he was before. Robert calculated that he had 19 shots per game at him last season."