West Ham manager Sam Allardyce says a spate of injuries will force him to delve into the January transfer market to ensure his side are able to consolidate their impressive start to the season.
The London-based club have found themselves in the top half of the Premier League for most of the campaign following promotion back to the top flight last season, but injuries to his first-team squad left the manager only naming six of a possible seven substitutes for the 0-0 draw with West Brom on Sunday.
And Allardyce is keen to prevent any setbacks derailing his side’s momentum into the New Year and beyond.
He told Sky Sports: "We want to push on, we don't want to slip down the league and to do that we'll either have to do a bit in the window or certainly get the players who are injured fit.
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After a 3-2 home defeat to Liverpool last time out, Allardyce was happy to see his side resist West Brom’s attacking advances and keep a clean sheet, but a lack of quality in the final third was concerning.
"We defended really well all the way through," Allardyce continued.
"Apart from a couple of shots from outside the box, which Jussi [Jaaskelainen] has dealt with well, I can't think he's had to make a save.
"On the set plays, particularly in the second half, West Brom had a lot of pressure, put in a lot of good balls, but there was some great defending from our lads.
"It's been a while since we've had a clean sheet and we've had a habit of conceding the first goal in the first half. We've cut that out today, we've tried to win it and it's a tough place to come.
"We broke well into the final third but didn't find enough quality. When we did, we created a couple of half-chances - I thought Gary O'Neil's effort was in just after half-time - but I'm well satisfied with a 0-0. It's a great point for us under the circumstances.
"We've six first-team players out injured so we're down to the bare bones. It was a real good, honest, solid performance from the players."