Allardyce: Hammers must discover cutting edge
West Ham United,
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce will send his players back to finishing school after they let Sunderland off the hook at Upton Park.
Kevin Nolan's injury-time equaliser earned the Hammers a point but Allardyce felt his newly-promoted side should have won given the number of opportunities they created. Nolan saw an acrobatic volley brilliantly saved by Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet while Carlton Cole, Ricardo Vaz Te and James Collins all failed to hit the target with close-range headers. It is a familiar concern for Allardyce. He said: "At home particularly (last season we) ended up drawing games by doing what we did today - missing too many chances. "We have a kink in our armour by not converting the chances we created into goals. That is a concern of mine. If we showed the clinical finishing that we showed against Fulham we would have won the game handsomely. We had headers - Cole over the bar, Vaz Te wide, Collins hit the bar from six yards out, no further. "In the end it is not good enough. The good thing is we are creating those opportunities - and so many as a newly-promoted side - I just need to work on the lads improving their finishing."