Alvaro Negredo scored a hat-trick as the Hammers conceded six in their Capital One Cup semi-final first leg, with the manager highlighting the difference in class between the sidesWest Ham manager Sam Allardyce was not surprised by his side's 6-0 defeat to Manchester City due to the quality of their opponents.
Just three days after being dumped out of the FA Cup with a 5-0 loss at Nottingham Forest, West Ham shipped six at the Etihad Stadium in the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final on Wednesday.
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"We knew that they had to have an off night and we had to have a really good night from our point of view," he told Sky Sports.
"Manchester City's finishing was just outstanding - never mind the build-up play - and [we have] got a struggling defensive unit at the moment, because of our injuries.
"We're in a bit of a hole at the moment and we have to dig ourselves out.
"It's not like they haven't done it to anyone else. We tried our best but it wasn't good enough against a side that have outstanding players because they spend outstanding money."
Allardyce, who received a vote of confidence from his co-chairmen following the defeat to Championship outfit Forest, is without the likes of Andy Carroll, Winston Reid, James Tomkins and James Collins due to injury.
And with such absences, Allardyce said he had little choice but to "take it on the chin".
"Lads who are free transfers were playing against lads who have been paid hundreds of hundreds of millions [in transfer fees] and hundreds of hundreds in wages," he added.
"Sometimes you've got to take it on the chin. Face the facts - they have got a miles better squad than us. We want our best team out on the field but we haven't got that at the moment."