Big Sam on West Ham's one 'glaring deficiency'

Sam Allardyce Press Conference Disappointed 12/02/2014

The West Ham boss has been discussing where his side are going wrong.

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce feels his side's current 'glaring deficiency' is their inability to defend as a team, according to his weekly column in the London Evening Standard.

Indeed, Big Sam has been frustrated with the east London club's inability to keep clean sheets of late - a big factor behind a very poor rum of form indeed.

But the West Ham boss isn't singling out his goalkeeper or his defence. No, Allardyce wants more from back to front - meaning more from his strikers, more from his wingers and more from his midfielders, as well.

The Hammers have slid down the table of late and defensive problems have haunted them.

Allardyce said: "The one glaring deficiency is not keeping enough clean sheets. I’m not talking about the goalkeeper and the back four, I’m talking about back to front, the whole team.

"We’ve not spent enough time concentrating on making the right decisions out of possession, how to be resilient when the opposition have control of the game, which happens."

Big Sam continued to state that 'it's a fact' West Ham won't finish in the top half if their poor clean sheet record continues.

The Hammers travel to Queens Park Rangers this weekend, which, in theory, should provide them with the perfect chance to bounce back - based on the sides' respective Premier League positions.

But that's not quite how it works and Allardyce will know that all too well...

He added: "We’ve only managed seven clean sheets this season and you will not finish in the top half of the Premier League table with seven out of 33. You can’t argue with that, it’s a fact."

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