Sam Allardyce reveals frustration and confirms Reece Burke will start for West Ham against Burnley

Sam Allardyce Press Conference Disappointed 12/02/2014

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce addressed the media ahead of this weekend's game against Burnley in the Premier League.

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has said his side should've already secured their best finish 'for many years' ahead of this weekend's game against bottom of the table Burnley.

The Hammers had a positive start to the season but their form has been pretty poor since the turn of the year, and they have only won the one game in their last 10 Premier League encounters - which was a late winner against a struggling Sunderland side.

Last week's game against QPR at Loftus Road finished 0-0, and the Hammers had Adrian to thank for saving a Charlie Austin penalty.

Allardyce told reporters, published on the club's website: "The true fact of the matter is that we should have nailed our best finish for many years a long time ago. We don't want to be disappointed at the end of the season."

As a result they have dropped out of the top half of the table, with Everton overtaking them after the Toffees put a good run together to climb above West Ham on goal difference.

With the Hammers at home this weekend against the Premier League's bottom club, it will be seen as an opportunity to try and get back to winning ways against a spirited team under the guidance of Sean Dyche

The West Ham boss added: "Burnley play a similar way to QPR, 4-4-2. We've got to cover the strengths and exploit the weaknesses. We've been a little short on goals so we need that clean sheet that we got last week and take our chances."

Given the list of injuries, Allardyce confirmed that 18-year-old centre-back Reece Burke will again start for the side, making only his third first team appearance for the club, after completing 90 minutes of last week's draw at Loftus Road. 

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