Wasteful Hammers finishing frustrates Allardyce

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce was critical of his side’s finishing as they lost 3-1 at home to Arsenal, Sky Sports has reported.

After a goalless first half which was largely dictated by the visitors, West Ham took the lead just seconds into the second half as Carlton Cole converted a rebound as Wojciech Szczesny failed to hold on to Kevin Nolan’s shot.

The Hammers then had chances to add to their lead as Matt Jarvis saw a shot saved by Szczesny, Joey O’Brien sent a header wide before Cole sliced the ball past the post from Razvan Rat’s cross from the left.

They were soon punished as Theo Walcott netted twice for Arsenal, and Lukas Podolski sealed the three points with a first-time strike, and Allardyce – who saw his side drop into the relegation zone as a result of the defeat – blamed wastefulness in front of goal. He said: “We’ve let it slip through our fingers, haven’t we?

“We had three golden chances after we scored – Matt Jarvis in the box, one-on-one, Joey O’Brien’s free header in the six-yard box and Carlton Cole’s side-foot tap. We paid the price because what Arsenal do then is take more and more chances when they are losing.

“It was either going to be us getting that second goal and then we would have made sure we tightened it up or they’d score.’

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