Sam Allardyce's use or non-use of forwards
In large part West Ham's difficulties began with the decision to spend most of the transfer kitty on an injury prone Andy Carroll.
Injured Carroll has been unable to play at all this season. Losing their main transfer signing would naturally be a blow to any team. Sam Allardyce however seems to have managed to handle the situation as badly as possible.
Seeming not to trust his forwards Allardyce elected to play with none at all. Against Spurs this tactic delivered an unlikely victory. Ravel Morrison had a blinder exploiting the high Spurs line and lack of pace at centre back.
With hindsight though this win might have been the worse thing to happen to the Hammers. Since Allardyce then persisted for a number of games with the no forwards tactic in a 4-6-0 formation.
Unsurprisingly a Allardyce team that thrives on direct play an knock downs for goals struggled without a focal point of attack.