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Hammers frustrate Allardyce

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce was critical of his side's wasteful finishing after the 3-1 defeat to Arsenal at Upton Park.

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Sam Allardyce: Disappointed with finishing

Sam Allardyce: Disappointed with finishing

The home side held firm during the first period and snatched the lead at the start of the second through Carlton Cole - missing several opportunities to double their advantage before Theo Walcott's brace swung the game in favour of the visitors.

Allardyce said afterwards: "We've let it slip through our fingers, haven't we?

"We had three golden chances after we scored - Matt Jarvis in the box, one-on-one, Joey O'Brien's free header in the six-yard box and Carlton Cole's side-foot tap.

"We paid the price because what Arsenal do then is take more and more chances when they are losing.

"It was either going to be us getting that second goal and then we would have made sure we tightened it up or they'd score.

"I think the quality they have got, they said, 'alright lads, you're going to have to continue to defend without much support from us because we have gone a goal down'.

"We had a great opportunity to win against the top of the league team and unfortunately we didn't take it because we didn't get the second. We paid the price today, sadly."

On his continuing injury problems, which increased against Arsenal with James Collins' premature departure, Allardyce added: "Ravel Morrison reported a groin (injury) on Christmas Eve and James we won't know how bad it is until tomorrow.

"Then you have your Winston Reids, Stewart Downings, Richard Vaz Tes and Andy Carrolls that are progressing but are still a little way away at the moment."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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