Manager on Monday

Sam Allardyce plans to make full use of his squad as he starts preparations for West Ham United's second London derby in four days on Wednesday.

The Hammers were outstanding in terms of chances created in the 1-1 draw with Queens Park Rangers last Saturday, but slightly less impressive when it came to converting the chances into goals. The West Ham United manager plans to try some new personnel and perhaps a new shape as he seeks to improve his side's chance conversion rate when they travel to Arsenal on Wednesday night.

"I'll change the team and might change the formation and use the squad to its full potential," Allardyce said. "The reason we dominated the game against QPR so much is that only three of the players that played in the previous game at Manchester United started.

"I'm frustrated that we didn't clinch a win but in terms of our efforts to try and win I can't ask for any more. Technically and tactically we did exceptionally well because we had the energy to do so. Unfortunately our final ability to score a chance is the one thing that's lacking.

"Our home form has been outstanding, bearing in mind it's our first season back in the Premier League. I think we've all been frustrated by some of the recent results that have happened to us.

"Losing to Everton and Liverpool was a disappointment and I think that drawing against QPR was an even bigger disappointment than losing to them. We opened QPR up time after time after time, so to not convert those chances into goals leaves us all very frustrated."

Marouane Chamakh and then Carlton Cole both led the line superbly against the Hoops, but with the former ineligible for Wednesday night's game against his parent club, Allardyce may well turn to the latter to take the game to the hosts. The duo could also be supported by Andy Carroll soon, who is inching ever-closer to a comeback from his hamstring injury.

"We've got good headers of the ball in Carlton and Andy. Carlton's header for our goal against Queens Park Rangers was critical to get us back in the game. Chamakh had a couple of good headers saved by the keeper. When Andy gets back, if we keep providing the service I'm sure the goals will come.

"The one thing we're lacking is goals from the front line. If we had someone who was on eight or nine goals, I think we'll finish in the top half."

Defensively, the Hammers were solid throughout against Harry Redknapp's side, save for one counter-attack that led to Loic Remy marking his debut with a goal. Big Sam feels his two central defenders, Winston Reid and James Tomkins, could have done better to prevent the goal, but puts it down to learning about the pace and quality of the  Premier League.

"It was our fault that Remy scored as we made it very easy for him. The centre backs have to remember, as young as they are and as inexperienced as they are, that we have to defend correctly.

"That is a difficult job as if you switch off you can get punished at any time. They tried to play an offside when they shouldn't have and all they had to do was stay with the runner and there wouldn't have been a problem.

"You can lose your concentration with the amount of continual attacks we were trying and that's why the world's best players who play in the world's best teams are there when they are needed even if they are not called upon often.

"It's a kick up the backside for the both of them. It's just a case of learning from the experience and not doing it again."

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