Sam Allardyce: West Ham being wasteful in front of goal is frustrating

Sam Allardyce Press Conference 12/02/2014

Sam Allardyce is not pleased with West Ham profligacy in front of goal this season.

Speaking to the Standard, Allardyce admitted that the Hammers being wasteful in front of goal is a frustrating part of their season.

The head coach said: “We had 22 shots in the second half of our 1-0 win over Burnley last week, a Premier League record, which underlines what I’ve been saying — we’re making plenty of chances but not taking enough of them.”

It has certainly been a poor couple of months for the East London club, with their inability to pick up points see them dropping from European contenders to strugglers for a top 10 finish.

At the start of the campaign, getting goals was no problem for the club, and they took the focus off their defensive work rate to focus upon the attacking third. They may have conceded more than is associated with the Hammers, but they had no problems finding the back of the net, with Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia leading the attack.

However, injuries to the duo, as well as Andy Carroll have seen the club lose that early season potency, and goals have dried up. Yet, the defensive instability has remained, and losses have been coming at an incredible rate.

Admittedly, it appears as if Allardyce has been working on fixing these defensive issues, as the last two games have brought clean sheets, but it is no surprise that he is frustrated by the wastefulness in front of goal.

Against Burnley, 22 shots were rewarded with just one goal - and even that was a penalty. They should really have netted more to claim a convincing victory, but in truth they were lucky to come away with the three points,

This lack of striking efficiency is something that Allardyce - or a new head coach - will have to address in the summer transfer window, especially if the Hammers truly want to push on to become an established Premier League team with European ambitions.

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