West Brom boss Sam Allardyce pinpointed the one thing his side “must stop” doing if they are to have any chancing of achieving Premier League survival in the current campaign.
West Brom failed to capitalise on their weekend victory after slipping to a 2-1 defeat at the London stadium.
Stubborn rear-guard action initially kept West Ham at bay, but a sucker punch from Jarrod Bowen was delivered right on the stroke of half-time.
The resurgent Matheus Pereira equalised from distance, but Michail Antonio soon restored the Hammers’ lead with a hooked finish that would ultimately prove decisive.
Speaking to the BBC after the match, Allardyce said: “If anything disappointed me in the first half we didn’t pass the ball like we did against Wolves. We didn’t put West Ham under enough pressure but in the second half we did.
“We are improving as a squad since we have been here. What we must stop doing is being the biggest conceder of goals in the Premier League and until we decide to stop that one it is going to be very difficult.
“The point would have been precious today because Manchester City next is probably the most in-form team. We can play at our very very best and still get beat by a team like Manchester City. We will plan for it and give it our best shot.”
Regarding not being able to play new signing Robert Snodgrass and trying to bring in new faces, Allardyce added: “At the end of the day he is a great signing. It is what he is going to give us between now and the end of the season.
“There’s lots of trying. Like many other clubs we are trying to sign better quality players, lifting the quality of this team is essential.”