Sam Allardyce admits West Ham are struggling in front of goal

Sam Allardyce

Allardyce believes that West Ham are struggling to hit the back of the net.

Speaking to the official West Ham website, Allardyce admitted that the Hammers are lacklustre in front of goal, despite creating a wealth of chances to hit the back of the net.

The 60-year-old coach said: “We had 27 attempts on Saturday which shows we’re a bit lacklustre in front of goal.”

The Hammers defeated relegation strugglers Burnley 1-0 at the weekend, although they were fortunate to be awarded a penalty, which Mark Noble converted for the victory.

That was the only goal of the game, and the three points were just the Hammers third since the start of 2015.

Despite putting in impressive displays, Allardyce’s men have struggled to replicate their attacking efficiency of the opening half of the campaign, and goals have not been forthcoming.

They may have dominated the attacking play against the Clarets, but of their 27 attempts, only seven found the target. The East London club held 60% possession, but their stylish play was found wanting again.

Fortunately for Allardyce, Burnley never looked like troubling the Hammers after the penalty was scored, with Michael Duff sent off in the process of giving away the spot kick.

It was certainly a questionable decision, and it meant that the Clarets - struggling to cope in the Premier League with 11 men - would never be able to properly face off against their top 10 opponents.

Still, the Hammers may have got away with a poor finishing record during their victory at the weekend, but up against nearly any other Premier League opponent, they surely need to up their goalscoring return if they want any hope of staying in the top flight.

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