The 60-year-old coach said: “We’re struggling to find the key element that will help us to close out games, at the moment we’re panicking towards the end of games and not keeping possession. I think their goal was a very good one, we should have dealt with it better than we did. We are very nervous because we’ve conceded late goals before.”
Allardyce is suggesting that conceding late goals begets late goals, and it is hard to argue with that point.
Two late goals conceded against Arsenal - which mattered little as the Hammers were already down - led onto an 86th minute winner for Leicester City against the East London club.
Following that game, the Irons looked well set to claim three points at home to Stoke City this weekend, thanks to Aaron Cresswell’s fantastic free-kick, but Marko Arnautovic’s injury time strike prevented a third win of the calendar year.
There is a visible change in the Hammers that was not seen during their great run of form that took them into the top four at Christmas.
During those games, they were scoring goals, and looking to score more. This attacking football was paying off, and there was a great sense of confidence amongst the playing squad which can not be seen now.
As soon as Cresswell scored against Stoke, Allardyce’s men retreated more and more, and it was no surprise that the Potters netted an equaliser.
This cycle of no-confidence will be hard to get out of, and the East London club must be grateful that the season is ending in the coming weeks.