Defensive injuries frustrate Allardyce

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce blamed a build-up of injuries to central defenders after his team twice gave away the lead in their 3-3 draw with West Brom at Upton Park.

Joe Cole gave the Hammers an early lead but after Nicolas Anelka had equalised for the visitors, poor defending from a set-piece allowed the Frenchman to make it 2-1.

Goals from Modibo Maiga and Kevin Nolan briefly put the home side 3-2 up but an equaliser from Saido Berahino ensured West Ham remain in the relegation zone and without a win in their past six games.

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