West Ham manager Sam Allardyce frustrated by missed chances

Sam Allardyce: Demanding an improvement from his West Ham strikers

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Sam Allardyce has admitted West Ham United need to improve their finishing after a poor display in front of goal against Sunderland.

The Hammers needed an injury-time equaliser from Kevin Nolan to rescue a 1-1 draw at home to the Black Cats, but Allardyce felt his side should have emerged victorious after creating a number of opportunities.

Nolan saw an acrobatic volley brilliantly saved by Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet while Carlton Cole, Ricardo Vaz Te and James Collins all failed to hit the target with close-range headers.

Allardyce admits it is a familiar concern, saying: "At home particularly (last season we) ended up drawing games by doing what we did here - missing too many chances.

"We have a kink in our armour by not converting the chances we created into goals. That is a concern of mine.

"If we showed the clinical finishing that we showed against Fulham we would have won the game handsomely. We had headers - Cole over the bar, Vaz Te wide, Collins hit the bar from six yards out, no further.

"In the end it is not good enough.

"The good thing is we are creating those opportunities - and so many as a newly-promoted side - I just need to work on the lads improving their finishing."

The draw against Sunderland left West Ham with eight points from their opening five games of the season and Allardyce is pleased to be in a solid position ahead of a daunting autumn schedule.

He said: "Points on the board for us are critical. Arsenal is game seven then Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham, Newcastle.

"If we can accumulate enough points and continue the growth of confidence that we are showing now, then we can go into the game with less pressure on ourselves.

"I am frustrated as our players never finished the job off but we did not look like a newly-promoted side.

"To take a game to a side of Sunderland's experience, to dominate, get stronger and stronger and finally get the draw shows that we are committed and passionate about what we do."