West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce admits he was disappointed with the lack of defensive quality his side showed in their 9-0 Capital One Cup Semi-Final aggregate loss to Manchester City.

The Hammers succumbed to a record League Cup Semi-Final loss at the hands of Manuel Pellegrini’s goal-hungry City after respective 6-0 and 3-0 defeats to heap more misery on their season.

And Allardyce admits believes his side didn’t give themselves much of a chance after some horror defending in both legs.

“City have scored 19 goals and conceded one to get to the final, which shows you the quality of their team, but I was a little disappointed with the way we conceded the goals,”Allardyce told whufc.com.

“We’ve got to protect our goal better and, while that might be harsh in this game, it’s about making sure we make teams work much harder for the goals that they score.

“Ultimately, if you give a team like this the chances we gave them, then they are going to punish you and they did.”

And Allardyce also bemoaned his side’s current shortage of luck after he felt Ravel Morrison should have been awarded a penalty in the second-half last night’s second leg at Upton Park.

“Of course, Rav should have had a penalty but the way it is for me, we aren’t going to get one even if one of their players punches one of our players in the face,” he added.

“Everything is conspiring against us, but we have to keep our heads up and play some of the football we played with an effective finish and be tighter at the back.”

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