Allardyce hints that West Ham missed Andy Carroll against Chelsea

Sam Allardyce Press Conference Disappointed 12/02/2014

West Ham lost 1-0 to Chelsea on Wednesday night - and manager Sam Allardyce hinted that the Hammers missed Andy Carroll.

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce told the club's official website that he would've liked Andy Carroll to be available against Chelsea on Wednesday night.

The Hammers went into the game with just one win in the last ten Premier League games, and now it's no win in six after Chelsea won 1-0 thanks to a goal from Eden Hazard.

West Ham had their fair share of chances, with 18 shots on goal - but they couldn't break down Jose Mourinho's men, with Thibaut Courtois impressing in the Chelsea goal.

On another frustrating night for West Ham fans, Allardyce told the club's official website that he was missing the presence of injured striker Carroll.

"We’re short of numbers because Winston has now got injured and there are no alternatives there or up front – maybe bringing an Andy or Carlton on would have brought the goal, because while we were playing so well we couldn’t break through," said Allardyce.

"Everybody who started playing the best they could play, but a change might have seen us play a different way and Andy might have gone up against them and broken through. That’s why we want the players fit and to have options available," he added.

Carroll, 26, was enjoying a fine season for West Ham, with five goals in 14 appearances, and was a key player for Allardyce considering his height and incredible aerial ability - which can of course change games when West Ham need a goal.

However, Carroll often struggles with injuries, and that was the case again this season, as he suffered a season-ending knee injury in February.

After having an operation on his injured knee, Carroll will only be back at the start of next season, meaning Allardyce will need to rely on Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia in attack until the summer.

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