Allardyce warns West Ham of Sunderland's two main attacking threats

Sunderland Fans

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has spoken about the talents of Connor Wickham and Steven Fletcher.

Sam Allardyce believes that West Ham United will need to keep Sunderland strikers Connor Wickham and Steven Fletcher well marshalled if they are to get a result at the weekend. 

The Hammers take on Sunderland on Saturday looking to consolidate their position in the top-four of the Premier League, but Allardyce knows about the Black Cats' threat.

Although he believes that Wickham and Fletcher would have wanted more goals this season he is an admirer of their talents and has warned his team to be on their guard against them on Saturday. 

"I think Connor Wickham and Steven Fletcher would've wanted a few more goals than they've got and if they had they would have converted their draws to wins," he said during a press conference today. "Hopefully we can keep those guys quiet on Saturday and deliver another good away performance."

Sunderland have only managed to score 13 goals in their opening 15 matches, with their lack of goal threat being a worry. 

The Black Cats are reportedly trying to sign a striker in the January transfer window, but Poyet will be hoping that Wickham and Fletcher can start hitting the back of the net with more regularity before then.

The duo have managed to score six times goals them to date and unless that total improves they are unlikely to beat the Hammers at the weekend. 

Sunderland have proven tough to beat - losing just four times all season - but the only have managed to collect two wins and until they start turning one point into three they look as if they will be embroiled in a relegation fight. 

West Ham, on the other hand, have had no such problems, with their new found attacking style winning them a lot of admirers, and they will simply be aiming to keep their good form going. 

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