Sam Allardyce admitted it was a case of mixed emotions after watching his West Ham United side held to a goalless Barclays Premier League draw at Swansea City on Sunday.

The Hammers flew out of the traps and created several fine chances prior to the interval, with youngster Ravel Morrison arguably spurning the best of them.

Though the Swans were resurgent after the break, Jussi Jaaskelainen was rarely called upon and Carlton Cole might have won it with a glancing header at the death.

While the winner was to prove elusive, a fifth clean sheet of the campaign was just reward for another outstanding display away from home. And Big Sam was rightly elated with his side's defensive prowess, even if goals are proving hard to come by just now.

"We're disappointed in the dressing room and the lads know that we should be celebrating a little more than we are," he told West Ham TV.

"It's another magnificent clean sheet, another snuffing out of the opposition and classic counter-attacking football in the first half. Our movement of the ball, passing and movement of the players was brilliant, we cut Swansea open time after time.

"But in the end we failed to put the ball in the back of the net, sadly. It got more difficult in the second half because we didn't pass it as well as we did in the first, but yet again that superb defensive quality we've got held out for a point."

Five clean sheets are clearly of huge satisfaction to the Hammers boss, but Big Sam acknowledged that their points tally to date is disappointing under the circumstances.

He continued: "Five clean sheets out of nine matches and only nine points is a massive disappointment, on the basis of how we've played and what we've done up to now in terms of creating chances and not converting them.

"So we've ended up with draws instead of wins and that for us is a problem at the minute that we've got to continue to try and work on to improve. Hopefully the lads keep up this magnificent defensive record but start scoring the odd goal here and there to start getting three points on the board instead of one."

While the visitors had several clear sights of goal, Big Sam pointed to Morrison's first-half chance as the one that really got away.

The culmination of an incisive counter-attack, the former Manchester United youngster opted to go for goal, rather than squaring to Mo Diame, a decision that both he and his colleagues were left to rue.

"All Rav had to do was roll the ball across for Mo Diame to tap it in and he got a bit greedy and wanted to score himself," Big Sam confirmed.

"You've got to play the best man in if it's a goalscoring chance and if he's not there, then yes, take the shot at goal, see if you can score.

"After that, Guy Demel and Mo Diame had chances and chances, balls were dropping down in their box. Even the goalie tried to punch one in his own net for us!"

"Right at the end there Carlton Cole came on and gave us a bit more of an attacking thrust. He's had a good header near the end that the goalkeeper's made a good save from. We're reasonably satisfied with the point, we respect the point but disappointed we haven't got three."

With another hard-earned away point safely in the bag, the challenge now remains to do likewise at the Boleyn Ground.

Unlike last season, where the Hammers were imperious at home, they have already suffered three successive home league defeats. Big Sam, however, is intent on putting that right, starting with Saturday's visit of Aston Villa.

"Five games and one goal conceded off a very dubious penalty at Hull City is a magnificent [away] record to build on and our main concern now is to make sure when we play at home that we don't lose any more matches.

"We're going to try and win against Aston Villa and settle that score at the minute, because three defeats at home on the trot is just not acceptable for us. In the form that we showed playing in all of those three games, to have got nothing out of it, we must turn that around on Saturday.

"If we're going to have a good away record this year, we can't start faltering at home, we've got to be as good as we were last and we haven't been at the moment in terms of results. Not so much, performances but certainly in terms of results."

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