West Brom visit West Ham on Tuesday and Sam Allardyce warned his squad that they will not get away with conceding two goals as they did against Wolves.
The Albion managed to earn three points at Molineux on Saturday despite suffering a 2-1 deficit at half-time, but Big Sam is concerned that a more resolute Irons side won’t be as accomodating.
West Ham have conceded just two goals in their previous five games, and that could explain Allardyce’s worries.
As reported by BirminghamLive, the Baggies boss said, “We have to start by not conceding two goals at West Ham.
“If we have to score three – we have now only done it two times this season and the third time we didn’t win.
“We cannot give West Ham the goals we gave Wolves.
“We are still in a massively difficult position. We are still underwater and we are still drowning. The only way we get our head above water is to get to the same points per game.”
Allardyce’s outlook isn’t all doom and gloom, however, and he was very positive about the performances of Kyle Bartley, Matheus Pereira and Robert Snodgrass at the weekend.
In particular he focused on the latter, praising the Scot’s debut ahead of his return to the club he left just a couple of weeks ago.
“Snodders! Considering he hasn’t played a lot, we thought we would have to look at taking him off after 70 minutes but, in all fairness, he is so fit the lad,” added Big Sam.
“He’s got so much energy he didn’t look that tired so we left him on and he did the job. He brings huge experience to the team and if we can add to that with experience and quality then hopefully that will make us better.”
After a brilliant win against Wolves it would be possible for both the players and fans to get carried away a little.
However, it was just our second league win of the season and we are still cut adrift in the bottom three with a five-point gap to 17th place, having played a game more.
There is much work to be done, therefore, and Allardyce clearly knows that.
Much of his success in battling relegation has come from his pragmatic approach, and keeping everyone down to earth should be the best method for success.
West Ham are a tough opponent, and though they don’t score many they will prove tough to break down.
A return of five goals in five games does suggest they pose a danger, however, but if we can counter that we could have a platform to go on and win the game.
A loss wouldn’t be the end of the world, either, and it seems that is the point Big Sam is trying to make.
He understands that there will be matches that go against us, but if the players begin listening to his instructions and perform the basics well we should be better served in the long-term.
In other West Brom news, the club has suffered a major blow in its pursuit of a loan target.