Sam Allardyce comments on what's held West Ham back in recent weeks and his future

Sam Allardyce Press Conference 12/02/2014

Sam Allardyce addressed the media ahead of this weekend's clash between West Ham United and Everton in the Premier League.

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has said his side is focussed on getting over the 50-point mark in the Premier League, but believes they should be there already. 

The Hammers currently have 47 points with two games remaining as they sit in 10th place in the table. They face Everton at the Boleyn Ground on Saturday as they try to consolidate their place in the top half.

At his pre-match press conference, reported on the club's official Twitter page, the Hammers boss highlighted one area which has cost them more points, telling reporters: 

"The lack of goals has been the big factor for us in recent weeks and what really brought it home for me was when we had 29 attempts at home to Burnley and only scored a penalty."

Everton could overtake them if they run out winners in East London this weekend, and Europe has had a big part to play in their season, with some suggesting that playing in the Europa League has hindered their chances of building on last season's fifth-placed finish in the Premier League.

Earlier on in the campaign, West Ham seemed to be targeting a place in European competition, but having experienced it when in charge of Bolton, Allardyce voiced how difficult it can be juggling both Europe and domestic duties.

"Europe affects the smaller teams far more than the bigger teams. When I was there with Bolton we managed to cope admirably.

"It can be managed but it is difficult winning that game on a Sunday when you've played on a Thursday. The way to cope is to get fewer injuries than you've ever had. That won't weigh on our minds over the last two matches though."

One of the stories that has been hanging over Allardyce this season has been his future at the club, with his contract expiring in the summer. He updated the media that there is nothing to say on that front yet.

He said: "It was always going to be at the end of the season when the future was discussed, so there's no news on that."

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