Hammers need strikers to shine

  • Last Updated: April 5 2013, 15:38 BST

Sam Allardyce has told West Ham's misfiring strikers to make up for the absence of Andy Carroll at Liverpool on Sunday.

Andy Carroll: Misses out against his parent club
Andy Carroll: Misses out against his parent club

Andy Carroll

9. Andy Carroll

Title Number
Appearances 9 (2)
Goals 2
Assists 4
Yellows 0
Reds 1
*Current Season

Carroll scored twice in last week's 3-1 defeat of West Brom which took the Hammers to 11th in the Barclays Premier League and virtually assured their safety.

The 24-year-old is on a season-long loan from Liverpool and unable to face his parent club just as he finds form which is sure to attract suitors this summer, although Allardyce is keen to keep the England striker.

"It's frustrating for him and for us, but that was the terms of the agreement," Allardyce said.

"He looks to be in full flow at the moment and in good goalscoring ability, which is what we've been waiting for for a long time.

"Our position in the league is strong again, so we want to continue that.

"We've got Carlton (Cole) and (Marouane) Chamakh who could step into the team and hopefully they can deliver the sort of performance Andy can deliver, because that's what we'll need at Anfield on Sunday."

Allardyce was sporting a plaster above his eye after slipping in his kitchen prior to a visit to the Grand National Festival at Aintree.

He admitted Carroll has not been as prolific as hoped this term, with just five league goals, but believes that issue can be resolved.

"We would've expected and hoped that he would've scored a few more goals," Allardyce added.

"I think the circumstances are ones we could put right - keeping him match fit and keeping him clear from injuries would mean more goals."

Scoring - or a lack of - has been a running theme for the Hammers this term. Captain Kevin Nolan is the leading scorer with six goals.

Allardyce said: "Our real problem has been away from home. Goals.

"Sunday's going to be a big test for us, because we go away, we create chances and we don't score.

"We have to get the chances first and we have to show the sort of quality we showed against West Brom to try and get anything against Liverpool."

Allardyce will bid to rectify the issue at the end of the season, when he hopes to confirm an extended stay at Upton Park.

"That's all okay. I don't see any problems with that at all," said Allardyce, when asked about his contract, which expires at the end of the season.

Like Carroll, midfielder Joe Cole (hamstring) is denied an Anfield return as West Ham seek to confirm their top-flight status.

"We just need to focus on securing as many points as we can between now and the end of the season," Allardyce said.

"Certainly with the points total we've got (36 points) we know we're not too far away now.

"That should give us confidence and relax us a little bit more - not be too tense, not be too uptight - and hopefully deliver.

"I do think 40 (points) will definitely be enough this season. For us it's about getting 40 and more if we possibly can."


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