The Hammers have suffered a slump in form although they have played well in games against big opponents in recent weeks.
“Injuries haven’t helped us – at Arsenal we were left with just one fit striker and one centre back due to a couple of freak incidents,” he wrote.
“With a bit of luck the manager will have a few more options on Saturday. Whichever way, we know we will be able to put out a team more than capable of ending our seven-game wait for a win.”
In most cases, the manager can do nothing about injuries unless they have been brought onto players through premature returns to first team action.
The best approach for Allardyce in relation to players coming back from injury is to be very careful. He needs to be proactive over the way he manages injured players but careful in terms of slotting them back into the team prematurely.
West Ham are at a stage in the season where the boss can’t take any risks and hopefully the ‘luck’ Sullivan talks about in relation to unavailable players will start to change.
The club still have a top eight position to fight for and if Allardyce gets him team selection right, if there are no further injuries and the Hammers get some favourable decisions, things should start to improve.