West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has urged his players to 'come out fighting' following their 6-0 League Cup semi-final against Manchester City.

The Hammers have gone on a horrendous run of form in recent times, including an embarrassing 5-0 FA Cup defeat at Nottingham Forest as well as the 6-0 hammering at the Etihad last night.

However, according to BBC Sport, Allardyce has bitten back at the critics by stating his players will turn this horrendous decline into motivation to win more matches.

"We've got to get out there, face the music and use it to anger us, make us mad, and win matches," he said in an email to the club's supporters," the West Ham boss said.

"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."

During this turbulent period Big Sam has received the backing of the club's joint chairman David Gold and David Sullivan, who stood by their under-pressure boss soon after the 5-0 defeat at Championship side Nottingham Forest.

Former West Ham United player Julian Dicks also voiced his opinion on what frankly was an undesired performance: "To watch some of them play is embarrassing. The work-rate for the last half-dozen games has been disgraceful."

The former left back was very much in displeasure of the lack of effort from the players on the pitch.

He added: "We all have bad games, we all make mistakes, but what you expect every single game from your team-mates is 100%."

West Ham now turn their attentions back to the Premier League and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Cardiff City side, who are two places and three points above the Hammers.

Solskjaer will be looking for first impressions as he manages in the Premier League for the first time, but Sam Allardyce will be demanding a high level of character from his players as well.

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