Allardyce: Hard-fought point

Sam Allardyce described himself “well satisfied” with a point
after his injury-hit West Ham side took a point home from West
Brom.

Excitement was in scant supply during a match between two sides
stuttering in the league after fine starts but Allardyce was
content to see a gritty defensive display from a side missing six
regulars.

“We defended really well all the way through,” he told Sky
Sports. “Apart from a couple of shots from outside the box, which
Jussi (Jaaskelainen) has dealt with well, I can’t think he’s had to
make a save.

“On the set plays, particularly in the second half, West Brom
had a lot of pressure, put in a lot of good balls, but there was
some great defending from our lads.

“We broke well into the final third but didn’t find enough
quality. When we did, we created a couple of half-chances – I
thought Gary O’Neil’s effort was in just after half-time – but I’m
well satisfied with a 0-0. It’s a great point for us under the
circumstances.

“(Peter) Odemwingie, (Shane) Long, (Romelu) Lukaku have been
very dangerous for West Brom this year and we kept them very quiet;
those players haven’t had a shot from inside the box.

“It’s been a while since we’ve had a clean sheet and we’ve had a
habit of conceding the first goal in the first half. We’ve cut that
out today, we’ve tried to win it and it’s a tough place to
come.

“We’ve six first-team players out injured so we’re down to the
bare bones. It was a real good, honest, solid performance from the
players.”

Allardyce admitted he hopes he will have the chance to
strengthen in January.

He added: “We want to push on, we don’t want to slip down the
league and to do that we’ll either have to do a bit in the window
or certainly get the players who are injured fit.

“Two or three (injuries), that happens, but six is too many. We
coped well today but I’m not sure how long we will cope if we have
them out too long.”