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Sunday 15 December Updated Wednesday 18 February

Mo counts cost of missed chances

Mohamed Diame is planning to tackle West Ham United's goalscoring difficulties head on, with more goals of his own.

Saturday's goalless Barclays Premier League stalemate against Sunderland was the Hammers' fifth of the campaign and one that particularly irked the Hammers midfielder. 

But rather than pointing the finger, Diame is keen to take responsibility himself, insisting he is passing up too many opportunities in front of goal.

Read Sam Allardyce's assessment of Saturday's draw here

He told West Ham TV: "I need to score. Every game I have a lot of opportunities to score but I'm missing at the moment and I've got to score! 

"I can't tell you [what will make the difference in the final third]. Sometimes you don't have the luck. All we can do is keep going, work hard and I think the goals are going to come."

While the Senegal skipper knows the value of another point, he acknowledged that the draw makes life more difficult with Manchester United and Arsenal in the offing.

Meanwhile, the Black Cats' battling display came as no surprise to Diame, who expected nothing less of Gus Poyet's men.

"We're very disappointed," he continued. "We needed those three points and we didn't get them. You have to take the point and the point is good but we needed all three. 

"When you play against Sunderland, who are at the bottom, you have to take the three points. But we didn't so now it's going to be hard.

"We have to play in Manchester and then against Arsenal here at the Boleyn Ground. We're going to try give our best and try to take some points.

"We know they're going to come here fighting because they're in a bad situation, but we're in a bad situation too, so we need to work hard and take as many points as we can, as soon as possible." 

Before the Hammers return to league action at Old Trafford on Saturday, Sam Allardyce's men are in Capital One Cup action at White Hart Lane. Having taken centre stage in a 3-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in October, Diame is hoping to repeat the feat for the supporters.    

"It's a big game for us. To play against Tottenham is a big derby and we've got to try to play a good game for our fans."

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