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West Ham boss: Man City are a 'wounded animal'

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is not bothered by how Manchester City will react to their slump, only that his own players produce the goods at the Ethiad Stadium on Sunday.

Big Sam expects a tough game at Man City. Credit: PA

A terrible run of form has seen City slip down into fourth place, their 4-2 loss to rivals Manchester United leaving Manuel Pellegrini's side well adrift of leaders Chelsea and now in a battle to stay ahead of Liverpool in the race for Champions League qualification.

However, West Ham are also in need of some consistency, with a stoppage-time goal conceded at home to Stoke denying them what would have been only a third league win of 2015.

I am more concerned about getting the best out of my team.

Maybe City are a wounded animal and they might come out all guns blazing or they might be tentative. We won't know until the match starts.

We are expecting them to put in a determined performance in front of their own fans.

– West Ham manager Sam Allardyce

Arnautovic late show saves a point at West Ham

Marko Arnautovic (right) celebrates his late equaliser. Credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Marko Arnautovic's dramatic stoppage-time equaliser earned Stoke a 1-1 Premier League draw at West Ham.

The hosts looked to have done enough to battle to victory after taking an early lead through a superb free-kick by full-back Aaron Creswell.

However, after seeing two efforts from Arnautovic's ruled out for offside and a header by substitute Mame Diouf hit the post, the visitors snatched a point deep into five minutes of stoppage time when the Austrian forward crashed the ball into the far corner.

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Allardyce bemoans West Ham's lack of clinical finishing

Sam Allardyce was left frustrated as West Ham lost at Leicester Credit: PA

Sam Allardyce bemoaned West Ham's failure to get anything out of their 2-1 defeat at bottom club Leicester on Saturday.

The Hammers equalised through Chiekhou Kouyate's 32nd minute strike following Esteban Cambiasso's opener, but were denied a point by substitute Andy King's late winner.

We had enough opportunities, so did they (Leicester) and it was a really open game, really end-to-end stuff.

From an entertainment point of view, for a neutral it was fantastic.

From our point of view, it is great to play open, attractive football and create chances, but the bottom line is we haven't got anything out of it - and we are here as professionals to come away with what should at least have been a draw.

– Sam Allardyce
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