'We have to do more for the fans'

Sam Allardyce said he understands West Ham United supporters' frustrations following Saturday's 1-0 Barclays Premier League defeat at West Bromwich Albion.

The manager could not conceal his own feelings following a disappointing away day at The Hawthorns, where the Hammers were edged out despite producing a hugely encouraging first-half performance.

In a game that mirrored the home defeat by Crystal Palace, West Ham played the better football before the break, but a succession of missed chances ultimately cost them dear. Ben Foster saved well from Andy Carroll and Mohamed Diame before half-time, while the former also rattled the crossbar with a thumping header with 20 minutes remaining.

While Palace won the game with a second-half penalty, on this occasion the opponents' goal came before half-time, with Saido Berahino netting at the end of a move that literally cut through the middle of the visitors' defence.

A fourth defeat on the trot produced some understandable anxiety among some members of the travelling 2,600-strong Claret and Blue Army - anxiety Big Sam said he could fully empathise with.

"I understand that the supporters want to see us play well and they want to see us win," said the manager. "I understand that they have travelled all this way and they don't want to go home disappointed again.

"We have to do more for them and more for ourselves in the last two games, particularly at home against Tottenham, and try and repeat the thrilling results we have achieved at White Hart Lane this season. We won there in the league and in the Capital One Cup, so can we do it again and make it a hat-trick against Tottenham this season?

"They are our old enemy who our fans would love to see us beat, so that's the challenge. As hard and as difficult as it will be, as they are a very good side, it will send the fans home happy if we can beat our local rivals and get three points on the board.

"In terms of my job, it's my job to worry about it and my job to get it right. It's my position to take the burden of criticism and uneasiness that there is at the moment because we're not winning games of football. It's my job to do that and I'll do that to the best of my ability.

"I've been doing this job an awful long time and I will work as hard as I can every single day of the week to make everybody happy."

Concentrating on Saturday's defeat at The Hawthorns, the manager was left to lament another game that slipped away from his team, despite their encouraging first-half performance.

"I'm hugely disappointed because we're heaping so much pressure on ourselves," said Big Sam. "It's stupid that we've let ourselves get into this position. It's four defeats on the trot now.

"We can look at the game and say that we've created this chance and that chance and we should have scored here or there, but the bottom line is that we still haven't sorted both ends of the pitch out in the last four games. We've given silly goals away and this was a silly goal. The back four just opened up and let them run through the middle and score. I couldn't understand it.

"In the opening half an hour we were the best team and created the best chances and, while you might criticise the defence for letting a goal in, you've got to criticise the attack for not scoring. We're not taking our chances at the minute and we've got to get better - it's as simple as that.

"We should have scored at least two goals on the chances we have created but, in the end, we didn't score one and we lost the game 1-0. It leaves us frustrated because there is no point sitting on the coach home saying 'We played well' because we've got to win. That's what we're here for and what we're paid to do.

"It disappointed me a great deal that we didn't play with the same fluency in the second half because that's all I wanted the players to do at half-time. I said 'If you carry on like that and create the same number of chances you did in the first half, you will get a goal and you've got to believe that.

"Obviously we couldn't afford to let them get 2-0 up, but we needed to keep getting the ball through the midfield and out wide to Matt Jarvis and Stewart Downing, who were causing their full-backs all kinds of problems. We were arriving into the box onto some quality balls, and we did make their 'keeper make some very good saves, but in the end you have got to say we should have converted the good chances we created."