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.”