West Ham’s difficult run of form went on over the weekend after a disappointing defeat at the hands of Manchester City, who secured a 2-0 win against the Hammers at the Etihad Stadium yesterday, with Allardyce making it clear what he now expects.
“My focus is still on the team trying to achieve five clean sheets in the last five games,” said Allardyce.
“Unless we do that we’re going to find it tough to win a game of football because it’s simple maths that at the moment we rarely score more than one.”
It sounds obvious but if Allardyce can find a way to ensure that the West Ham defence stays resilience and keeps clean sheets, it will take some of the pressure away from the side’s attack.
The attack wouldn’t have to go chasing two or three goals in every game to try and take something from an aggressive and determined performance.
West Ham have won just one game since they defeated Bristol City in the FA Cup and it’s important they end the season well for the belief of the squad over the summer.
It’s also significant they end the season well for Allardyce, who will still be fighting to earn a new contract at the club, which will be more feasible with the team playing good football and winning games well.