Pards frustrated after missed opportunity

Alan Pardew was left rueing his team's missed opportunities after Sunday's 2-0 defeat against Everton at Goodison Park.

The Hammers boss couldn't hide his frustration after second-half strikes from Leon Osman and James Vaughan secured all three points for David Moyes's men, despite the visitors having been on top for almost the entire first 45 minutes.

"We had a similar game at Middlesbrough recently, but we were better today than we were up there," said Pards. "We forced 12 corners in the first half and looked like we were going to score, but that has been the story of our season so far.

"We just can't seem to get the goals we are going to need to give us that cushion. We conceded the first goal again and were chasing the game after that, but I can't fault the application or the effort of the players.

"We've got to keep ourselves upbeat because we have got a very, very big game against Wigan on Wednesday, but when you don't get anything on the road, it puts pressure on the home games.

"It's certainly a concern that we haven't scored in more than 10 hours on our travels. We are frustrated, but all we can do is have the amount of shots and efforts that we had today. We've peppered the target and their goalkeeper has played well - although he was a bit fortunate with our best chance in the first half when it just hit him rather than being a save.

"In terms of penetration and controlling the game, we were very good right up until the goal, and David Moyes almost apologised to me at the end, because he has got a victory out of nothing today."