Sam Allardyce has promised his side will fight back after their 6-0 defeat to Manchester City in the Capital One Cup.

The Hammers lost their second cup game in a row, losing to City after a 5-0 drubbing at Championship side Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup last weekend.

Despite huge pressure on the West Ham boss, Allardyce has promised fans that his side will come out fighting in their league match against Cardiff on Saturday.

“What we have to do is get our defenders back in the team defending like we know we can, as a team, better,” Allardyce told the club’s official website.

“We have got to improve our clean-sheet ratio as quickly as possible and once we start doing that, we’ll start winning more points and hopefully more games.”

“They can’t feel sorry for themselves. We are professionals and we’ve got to take the criticism thrown at us because that’s what happens in the game at this level. We’ve got to be man enough to take it on the chin and be determined enough to show people what they think at this particular moment in time is wrong.

“You either come out fighting or you sink and die – I come out fighting as a manager and my staff and players are the same. We’ve got to get out there, face the music and use it to anger us, if you like, make us mad, prove them wrong and win football matches.”

The match has been dubbed by some as ‘make or break’ for Allardyce, with many fans calling for the 59-year-old to be sacked.

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