West Ham: Allardyce not downbeat ahead of cup tie
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce refuses to be downbeat despite being without a win since the opening day of the season.
Against Everton on Saturday, Ravel Morrison scored his first for the club and Mark Noble was on target from the spot, but the side fell to a 3-2 defeat.
After the game, Allardyce backed his team.
"I thought the players were great," he said. "When you've lost your last home game, you need a response from your players and I think we got that. We were playing against a very good side, and we matched them."
On Noble's sending off for two yellow cards, Allardyce was careful with his words.
"I've had a look at it and it's easy for me to say Noble played the ball, but he did."
West Ham entertain Cardiff in the League Cup at Upton Park tonight.
Joe Cole and Stewart Downing are both unlikely to be fit in time to take part in the clash and Noble is suspended.
West Ham v Cardiff, Tuesday, 7.45pm