Sam Allardyce wants West Ham to show it's not all about Andy Carroll
Sam Allardyce wants West Ham United's squad strength to come to the fore in the absence of striker Andy Carroll.
Last Updated: 20/09/12 6:34pm
Carroll is not expected to return to action for the Hammers until after the next international break after hurting his hamstring on his debut against Fulham earlier this month.
The on-loan striker is back in light training, but Allardyce is hoping that his absence will provide an opportunity for other players during a testing run of fixtures.
"It depends on the likes of Carlton Cole and Modibo Maiga stepping in and doing the business, making sure we use the strength of the squad when we need to," said the Hammers boss.
"We have only got two players injured at the moment, a lot of other teams in the Premier League have more. If that continues, it will help us to be more and more consistent.
"Andy Carroll has only played 68 minutes for us. We have conceded just three goals, all at Swansea, and kept clean sheets in the other games.
"It is not all about Andy, but it is about us trying to perform as a team again on Saturday against Sunderland."
However, Allardyce concedes the fitness of midfielder Collison, who is sidelined by an ongoing knee problem, remains a worry.
"Obviously Jack is a big concern because he has not kicked a ball for us yet since the end of last season," Allardyce added.
"He was a major influence in our promotion year so we would love to get Jack back as quickly as we possibly can."