West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has bemoaned his players’ lack of finishing in a goalless draw against QPR at Loftus Road.
Allardyce said: “We had several opportunities to win this game but failed to do so by a number of poor finishes from the final ball. However, it was important for us to start in the right way in not conceding the goal. We played 10 times better than this at Leicester and lost.
“Today was more about the result. After getting the clean sheet and the penalty save we should have certainly finished them off on the counter attack. It was something we should’ve done today much like Chelsea did a couple of weeks ago. We had better chances than Chelsea did against QPR and failed.”
The Irons were without several key players including Alex Song and Winston Reid which meant 17-year-old Reece Burke stepped in for his first ever Premier League start.
Allardyce heaped masses of praise on the youngster, as well as Adrian who saved a penalty.
“I have to be satisfied with the point,” said Allardyce. “Adrian is fast becoming one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League. He’s performed on a consistent basis and has now saved three consecutive penalties.”
“Young Reece Burke marshalled Charlie Austin and Bobby Zamora extremely well today. But at the other end – we just did not have the quality to finish them off.”
Spanish shot stopper and fans’ favourite Adrian became the hero again with his penalty save from QPR’s top scorer Austin before pulling off a string of saves from the likes of Matt Phillips, Leroy Fer and Sandro.
West Ham’s Aaron Cresswell was looking to score a free kick reminiscent to the one he scored against Stoke City two weeks but former Hammers keeper Rob Green produced a fine stop. Meanwhile Cheikhou Kouyate wasted the Hammers best chance blazing over from all of 10 yards.
Kouyate played a part in QPR’s disallowed goal late in the second half, something that manager Chris Ramsey was fuming about. The Senegalese was fouled by Steven Caulker before Richard Dunne nodded the ball into the unguarded net.
West Ham still have a part to lay in the relegation battle as they take on Burnley at Upton Park before taking on Aston Villa at Villa Park, both teams still embroiled in the relegation dogfight.