Sam Allardyce has set his squad a simple goal for West Ham United's upcoming run of tricky fixtures - score more of them.

The Hammers impressed despite losing 1-0 at Hull City on Saturday, with their manager pointing to a swathe of missed chances, along with some hotly-debated refereeing decisions, as the key reasons for his team's defeat. Although the result was West Ham's first loss on their travels this season following creditable draws at Newcastle United and Southampton, Big Sam feels his side should have more points on board for their efforts thus far.

"For me we should have won one and drawn two away from home," said Allardyce. "We should have won at Southampton as well, even though they created more than us on the day, the last golden chance was James Collins's chance to put the ball in the back of the net.

"They're the ones you've got to pinch when you don't deserve it. More important is winning when you do play well and we certainly didn't deserve to lose on Saturday."

With a London derby at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday followed by the visit of high-flying Manchester City to the Boleyn Ground the following Saturday, the welcome return to fitness of Joe Cole and Stewart Downing has come at the perfect time. Mladen Petric is also edging closer to full fitness, while Andy Carroll continues to make good progress as he recovers from his heel injury.

"For whatever reason at the minute they're not going in the back of the net and that's cost us. We played well but we didn't finish properly, we've got to take it on the chin and now try to get some points against Tottenham and Manchester City.

"You've got to try to ride your way through while Andy's injured and in performance terms we have but in points terms we haven't. It's a worrying trend but it's not as if we've gone away from home and not created chances. We've gone away from home and created numerous chances.

"There's no time on Andy's injury. We're just taking it week by week and seeing how he progresses. Joe Cole is back in training and Stewart is back, which is good so we've got to pick ourselves up for the big two games.

"Mladen Petric hasn't done anything all pre-season so he's still catching up on his fitness but he can score a goal when we can get him fully fit. We've just got to get him fit as quickly as we can."

Ravel Morrison's continued improvement has also given his manager encouragement and the Sunday papers were full of suggestions that the attacking midfielder will soon be called upon for England. His manager is delighted the 20-year-old has begun reaping the rewards of his new-found focus off the pitch.

"I've been really impressed with Ravel Morrison's creativity on the ball and his proven goalscoring ability. He didn't have the chances on Saturday but he scored against Everton and against Cardiff, where he took his goals exceptionally well. I think if he'd got a chance on Saturday, he'd have scored for us as he's in great goalscoring form.

"Momo Diame is playing wide as Ravel Morrison is playing wonderfully in the central position and we've had Joe Cole and Stewart Downing injured."

With full-backs George McCartney and Guy Demel also back in full training following knee and groin injuries respectively, Carroll remains the only absentee. Big Sam believes his squad are coping well without the club record signing, but in the short-term must make up for the goals he will provide on his return.

"Teams suffer when your best players aren't available and what you can't have is your best players not available for long periods of time.

"In our case you end up where we are now towards the bottom of the league, which is not where we should be on our performances and our chances away from home. When we did get our shots in on goal on Saturday, they were cleared off the line and Mo Diame's clean strike was straight at the goalkeeper."

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