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West Ham boss calls for goals

Sam Allardyce wants to see more goals on Sunday

By | 10th September 2013

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has called on his players to score more goals following two scoreless matches. The Hammers started the new season well, beating newly promoted Cardiff City 2-0 at Upton Park, but since then have been held scoreless in a 0-0 draw with Newcastle United and a 1-0 loss to Stoke City.

Despite a fresh injury to striker Andy Carroll, “Big Sam” wants to see his players be more ruthless in front of goal. The club are short of options up front following the injury to Carroll, with only Ricardo Vaz Te and┬áModibo Maiga as out and out strikers to call on.

“I’m looking for us to give the kind of performance we gave at Newcastle and this time be more clinical,” Allardyce told the club’s official website. “We’ve gone two games without scoring a goal now, which is something I don’t like, even though we’ve been very good defensively.

“We need to be putting the ball in the back of the net more, so when a chance comes along at Southampton we must take it.

“We must perform to the level we did at Newcastle and take our chances, because if we don’t it will be a very tough game, because we’ve seen the improvement they’ve made.”

The club has gotten so short of options that they were recently linked with a move for free agent Carlton Cole. The former England international is still without a club following the expiration of his contract at the end of last season, but he’s remained at Upton Park to regain fitness. The giant striker failed a medical last week, but if he can prove his fitness then he may be able to rejoin the Hammers. Cole only managed to score two Premier League goals last season in 27 appearances, 14 of which were starts.

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