A poor run of form since the turn of the year has put Sam Allardyce under a lot of pressure in order to keep West Ham in the top flight. The team had 33 points on the board, which is only five points above the relegation zone.
There are still eight matches remaining in the campaign, but the manager Allardyce is confident that his team will be able to avoid relegation. The team have been one of form, which has seen them get just three victories in the league since the turn of the year. As a result, they have been consistently slipping down the table over the last few months.
West Ham looked extremely devoid of ideas and their inability to provide the striker Andy Carroll with the right ammunition was one of the main reasons for their 2-0 defeat against Chelsea during the weekend. Carroll got into a number of good positions, but he was unable to receive the ball. The toothless attack was compounded by a very good defence, which was absolutely ripped apart by the likes of Eden Hazard and Juan Mata. Allardyce has set a target of reaching 39 points by the end of the season in order to achieve safety. It requires the team to just get two wins out of the last eight matches.
“At the end of the day, it’s not about Wigan being six points off us – it’s about us getting to 39 points. It wouldn’t matter what Wigan do then or anybody else. Not all of them will get to 39 points. Forget about what’s happening down below, and I know it’s difficult, but the bottom line is: no matter how they get on, you get to 39 points or more and you’re all right. We know we’ve got the talent, and I want the talent to be maximised every game,” said Allardyce.