Allardyce admits concerns over Hammers’ form ahead of Swansea clash

15:00 01 February 2013

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce. Photo: PA

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce. Photo: PA

Manager Sam Allardyce admits West Ham’s poor form is causing him serious concern but points out that the Hammers are not the only side struggling at the moment.

West Ham, who were beaten 3-1 by Fulham on Wednesday night, have not picked up three points in the league since New Year’s Day.

“We are very concerned at this moment in time,” said Allardyce. “We have only taken five points out of our last eight games and we know that is not good enough.

“But you can have these spells, it is not unique to us. Fulham won (against West Ham on Wednesday) and it was only their third win in 16 matches and Norwich have been the same.

“Lots of clubs like us have had this spell at this moment in time where we have gone a considerable amount of time without the number of wins we wanted.”

In contrast, Saturday’s opponents Swansea are currently enjoying a purple patch with Michael Laudrup guiding the Swans to the Capital One Cup final and eighth place in the Premier League.

Allardyce believes it is Swansea’s defence, rather than their much-praised attacking flair, that is the secret to their success.

“They are in top form,” Allardyce added. “I watched the Sunderland game and they really should have won it right at the very end.

“If you look at the team we are playing on Saturday, the reason why they are so successful is contrary to what you all think - it is because they have the best defensive record in the league.

“They have been outstanding both in and out of possession. That is what impresses me the most.”

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