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Allardyce: We'll bring in one more player, we need more firepower

Sam Allardyce Press Conference Disappointed 12/02/2014

The West Ham United boss was speaking after his side's penalty shootout win over Schalke.

Sam Allardyce says his Hammers side needs 'more firepower' after beating Schalke on penalties in pre-season.

West Ham won their Schalke Cup opener 7-6 in the shootout - but only after a 0-0 draw.

That inability to score goals troubled Allardyce, much as it did throughout the course of last season.

As such, the Hammers boss has targeted one further signing to add to his current ranks, while also highlighting that Enner Valencia is yet to feature for his team.

"We need more firepower, we need to try and find somebody that will score more goals for us," he told Quest TV.

"We’re going to try and bring in one more new player. We also have Enner Valencia but he only started training today.

"There will probably be one more player and that will be us finished with our budget."

Allardyce also revealed that his squad did not practice penalties ahead of the game and only found out about the possibility of penalties the day before the match.

“No we didn’t [practice]," he said. "We arrived here yesterday and found out that it would be penalties after a draw. We were happy not practicising. Thankfully, we had a better nerve than Schalke today.

"For us, playing away from home in Europe was about containing the opposition. From that point of view, we did well.

"We could have used the ball a bit better but the lads have had a fantastic workout. We’ve seen some of our very young players play, as well."

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