West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has hailed his side’s impressive defensive record on the road this season, but he accepts their home form needs to be bolstered if they are to achieve their goals.
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The Hammers' 0-0 draw against Swansea on Sunday means they have conceded just one goal away from home in five Premier League matches this term, yet their Upton Park troubles mean they still find themselves languishing just a point outside the relegation zone.
West Ham’s moderate success on their travels has been contrasted with a record of three defeats from four games at Upton Park this campaign, with Allardyce accepting they need to find a balance in their results.
“Five clean sheets out of nine matches and only nine points is a massive disappointment, on the basis of how we’ve played and what we’ve done up to now in terms of creating chances and not converting them,” Allardyce told West Ham's official website.
“So we’ve ended up with draws instead of wins and that for us is a problem at the minute that we’ve got to continue to try and work on to improve. Hopefully the lads keep up this magnificent defensive record but start scoring the odd goal here and there to start getting three points on the board instead of one.
“We were all disappointed in the dressing room [after the Swansea draw] and the lads know that we should be celebrating a little more than we are.
“It’s another magnificent clean sheet, another snuffing out of the opposition and classic counter-attacking football in the first half.
“Our movement of the ball, passing and movement of the players was brilliant, we cut Swansea open time after time.
“But in the end we failed to put the ball in the back of the net, sadly. It got more difficult in the second half because we didn’t pass it as well as we did in the first, but yet again that superb defensive quality we’ve got held out for a point.
“If we’re going to have a good away record this year, we can’t start faltering at home, we’ve got to be as good as we were last and we haven’t been at the moment in terms of results. Not so much, performances but certainly in terms of results.”
Allardyce is now targeting a victory in Saturday’s Premier League game against Aston Villa on home soil, as he is already looking beyond Tuesday night’s challenging Capital One Cup game against Championship leaders Burnley at Turf Moor.
“We’re going to try and win against Aston Villa and settle that score at the minute, because three defeats at home on the trot is just not acceptable for us,” he added. “In the form that we showed playing in all of those three games, to have got nothing out of it, we must turn that around on Saturday.”