English Premiership

Big Sam's West Ham need a lift

2015-03-03 14:08
Sam Allardyce (AFP)

London - West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce is in desperate need of a lift ahead of his team's daunting meeting with the newly crowned Capital One Cup winners, Chelsea on Wednesday.

Allardyce has come under growing pressure following a heavy FA Cup defeat to West Bromwich Albion and his position was further undermined by the weekend home loss to Crystal Palace.

That 3-1 defeat left the Hammers in ninth place and Allardyce admits their hopes of claiming a Europa League place are now fading.

"Turning performances into victories is the hardest thing at this level and we've really slipped up in that area, especially when we've been in great positions to win football matches as well," Allardyce said.

"We're in very a good position still to qualify for Europe but now we're letting that slip."

Allardyce's side were one of the surprise packages during the opening months of the season, but the manager believes the effects of their efforts may be beginning to catch up.

"Maybe some of the players have started to really feel the pace of the Premier League for the first time and are not quite performing as well as before," Allardyce said.

"We've got to make sure that we get back together and certainly on Wednesday night now we need to see our very best performance.

"As I say, you can play your very best against Chelsea and still not win and they could still beat you."

West Ham United host Chelsea on Wednesday evening.

The match at the Boleyn Ground kicks off at 21:45. 


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