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Fan anger upsets Allardyce

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has expressed his dismay at the rising trend for supporters to vent their frustrations from the stands.

The Hammers suffered their fourth successive defeat at the weekend, but it has still been a reasonable season for the east London team who sit relatively comfortably in 14th spot in the Premier League.

During Saturday's 1-0 loss at West Brom, Allardyce was the target of abuse from the away section, with boos and chants aimed at him and a banner held aloft reading: "Fat Sam out, killing WHU".

On the hostility at The Hawthorns, Allardyce said: "We all get it at some stage or another, no matter where we are or who we are with. If we are not winning football matches, we all get criticised.

"Fans are showing their disapproval quicker than at any other time I've known in the last 20 years or so. So we have to accept that change in the game and try to keep them happy as best we can - and the best way to do that is to win football matches.

"My responsibility is to build a better team than this one. That is my responsibility, along with the owners - making sure that everything gets put into place in the hope that next season we can be better than this season.

"Overall this season we haven't really been as good as we should have been and we haven't really produced as many results as we should have done. So getting better and improving that is the highest thing on the agenda.

"I'm well aware of the situation in terms of how we have to finish the season off - as high as we possibly can, in terms of performances and results. And also, I know there is a huge amount of work to be done in the summer - hopefully for me to make the squad better."

With West Ham's top-flight status appearing to be secured - they are five points above the relegation zone with two more games to play - Allardyce insisted his players would not be taking their feet off the gas.

He added: "There is nothing in my make-up that says we should therefore take it easy. I've been saying to the players for the last few weeks that the game is about results, not going out and playing games of football and losing.

"It is about going out and trying to win. I think the disappointing thing is, whether we are safe or not, we have lost four games on the trot and we really should not have allowed ourselves to have done that on the basis that, going into that period, we had won six out of the last nine."