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The Hammers were dumped out of the League Cup following a 4-1 defeat after a poor display, and the boss says time is short and his squad must grab opportunities while they can

Sam Allardyce claims members of his squad have "put their West Ham careers in jeopardy" following the club's League Cup exit at the hands of Wigan Athletic.

West Ham were dumped out of the competition after a 4-1 defeat to Roberto Martinez's side on Tuesday evening and Allardyce insists the players who came into the team should have seized their chance.

"I've had a few days to reflect on our 4-1 Capital One Cup defeat at home to Wigan and I'm still just as upset as straight after the match," Allardyce wrote in his column for the Evening Standard.

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"I just don't accept what happened in any shape or form and the players are putting their West Ham careers in jeopardy.

"What really disappoints me is that, after all the hard work we put in during pre-season and such a fantastic start, we offered up a performance like that.

"Someone on TV made the point that, of the Manchester United squad which lost to Crystal Palace in the League Cup last November, nine players have since left the club.

"It's a similar scenario at most clubs. If you get a chance you have to grab it because everyone must realise that time is short these days.

"There were players out there who lacked Premier League experience — Stephen Henderson, Danny Potts, Robert Hall and Jordan Spence — but the rest have plenty of big games under their belts, including Modibo Maiga, whom I wouldn't blame too much since he got us off to a great start."

West Ham return to Premier League action on Monday with a trip to QPR. Andy Carroll is unlikely to make his return from a hamstring injury, while Modibo Maiga could keep his place in West Ham's attack after netting on his second consecutive start on Tuesday.

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