Sam Allardyce stayed upbeat after West Ham's defeat by Arsenal

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Sam Allardyce: Was pleased with the Hammers' display against Arsenal

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Sam Allardyce felt his injury-hit West Ham side showed plenty of spirit in the 3-1 defeat by Arsenal at Upton Park.

Mohamed Diame opened the scoring for the Hammers, who lost Guy Demel and Ricardo Vaz Te through injury, but the Gunners replied with goals from Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla.

The fit-again Andy Carroll was forced to play the whole match and Allardyce felt his patched up team produced a creditable display.

When asked about Carroll, he said: "He is okay, he is fine. We didn't want to play him for 90 minutes because he has only just come back from that long spell injured and hasn't played that much - but unfortunately our injury plight continued as the game progressed.

"It is a little worrying because we got injuries against QPR and we got three more injuries today, Winston Reid was suffering badly with sciatica but we had used all of our subs.

"Guy Demel came off with a thigh (injury) and Ricardo Vaz Te unfortunately with a dislocated shoulder.

"We are disappointed with the result and disappointed with those injuries we have picked up, but I'm not disappointed with the lads' application and performance.

"We tried our best, it wasn't quite good enough, but we are pleased with our performance and perhaps a little disappointed that we didn't get a draw."