West Ham: Allardyce targets another 22 points

By Rob Virtue on January 22, 2014 8:00 AM |


Sam Allardyce's men failed to restore pride in this Capital One Cup semi-final second leg, going down to Manchester City 9-0 on aggregate at Upton Park on Tuesday evening.

The West Ham boss said that too many mistakes at the back was the main factor for the result, which Manchester City thoroughly deserved.

"For the first goal it was so difficult to take," said Allardyce. "I had a look at it at half time, and when you look at it, if you let Negredo free at the back post there is nobody else to blame but your defence.

"We got a good response from that with Kevin Nolan's goal, but that was offside. We did some good things, some good attacking moments, but just didn't score."

Big Sam praise City forward Sergio Aguero, saying that his defence could not handle him.

He said "The ultimate impression from me was not just his ability, but just how strong he is and what a powerhouse of a man he is. His goal was superb, to go through three defenders like that and tuck it away."

On the injury front, Allardyce said that he almost has his full squad back to fitness for the upcoming games. And he said the recovering players will provide a boost as he targets at least 22 points from the last 16 games to achieve survival.

"Joe Cole has a groin injury, and Diame's knee injury is not as serious as first feared," he said. "Winston Reid goes back to full training on Monday, Vaz Te and Demel are due to play a behind closed doors friendly as well as McCartney and Joey O'Brien.

"If you give me all them players from now till the end of the season, I think we will start to win games rather than drawing or losing them.

"It's 16 games and 22 points needed now. It's that simple."

After an away fixture against Chelsea next Wednesday, West Ham have a very important February in store, playing three team all in the bottom half of the table, and three home games.

Swansea will visit the Boleyn Ground next week, before an away game with Aston Villa, and another midweek game against Norwich City on the following Tuesday.

Jack Pinnock

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