December 8 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, August 31, 2013
Sam Allardyce admitted the 1-0 defeat at home to Stoke City was West Ham’s worst since their return to the Premier League.
The Hammers put in a poor display as he watched his side fail to seriously trouble Potters keeper Asmir Begovic.
Then Jermaine Pennant produced a wonderful 82nd-minute strike that curled over the wall and beyond goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen to secure all three points for the visitors.
“At home, I haven’t seen us play that badly since we’ve been back in the Premier League, sadly,” manager Allardyce said.
“We have to accept that at this moment in time it looks like we’re still establishing ourselves in the Premier League.
“We still can’t quite reach the level of consistency this league demands. It was a really off day for us, a bad day. Our back four limited Stoke very well.
“But the front six in terms of creativity really wasn’t there. It really wasn’t good enough and we played poorly, individually and collectively.”