Allardyce makes defiant statement but sets modest West Ham points target

Sam Allardyce Press Conference Disappointed 12/02/2014

West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce would be happy if his team picked up another five points from their remaining seven fixtures.

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has told the club's official website that he will not stop playing attacking football, despite seeing his side struggle for form of late.

Hammers supporters had demanded that their side started to play a more entertaining brand of football this campaign, but recently their insistence on putting men forward has hurt the team.

Allardyce's side have been uncharacteristically porous in defence, but the experienced boss insists that he will not revert to playing with a defensive mindset.

“No I’m not going to change the way we play,” he said. “The big shout at the beginning of the season was that we were going to attack more and for that reason we’ve lacked a few more clean sheets than we wanted. That would have got us a few more three point victories than draws and got us higher up the table."

This attacking style worked well at the start of the season, but West Ham have struggled since the turn of the year and have slipped down the Premier League table as a result.

The Hammers are now in ninth place, but they are not far off completing Allardyce's aim for the season.

He says that he wants West Ham to pick up five more points from their remaining fixtures, to ensure that they beat their previous best points total under him of 46.

“We’ve scored more goals than we’ve ever scored and we now must push on over the next seven games to get more than 46 points, which is our best total from year one, and if we can do that by continuing playing like we’re playing then we’ll go on and do it."

That expectation may appear to be slightly lacking in ambition, especially when you consider that the Hammers are already on 42 points.

West Ham have fixtures against the likes of Stoke City, Newcastle United, Queens Park Rangers and Burnley still to come, suggesting that there will be ample opportunity to increase their points total by a significant amount.

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