Sam Allardyce details how David Moyes can get West Ham out of relegation trouble
Something needs to change at West Ham, Sam Allardyce has warned.
The Hammers finished sixth and seventh in the last two campaigns. But this term they have struggled to find consistency and are now embroiled in a relegation dog fight. David Moyes' men were outclassed by Brighton last weekend and slumped to a 4-0 defeat on the south coast.
Allardyce, who managed the east Londoners from 2011-2015, says his former side must become harder to beat. "The manager has to find a way to bring the team together to a top-eight level in performances," he said.
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"You have to set yourself targets of going on a run of undefeated games. You have to stop losing first and then see if you can evolve that into a win.
"I've always approached it that way by taking short spells of games and saying: 'let's try and achieve this many points'. But first and foremost let's start with a clean sheet. If you start with a clean sheet you can never lose a game."
Moyes looked to tweak West Ham's playing style at the start of this season and spent big on fresh faces. Italy international Gianluca Scamacca was a £35million arrival from Sassuolo.
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Lucas Paqueta, who has been capped 39 times by Brazil, cost a club record £50million fee from Lyon. Both players, however, have struggled for form and fitness.
And Allardyce reckons getting back to basics is now key. "The type of football you need to play to get out of this position can't always be pretty," he added.
"You have to take a stand and look at the situation and say: 'are we going to try and win ugly or being negative in terms of nullifying the opposition and hitting them on the counter attack.'
"Most teams down there need someone to put it in the back of the net. And that's the two problems you'll have. You can't stop the goals coming in, and you haven't got a goal scorer, it's why you're down there."
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