West Ham’s incredible season drastically tailed off after Christmas and they will be ruing their inability to pick up wins on the road.
The Hammers were sitting pretty in fourth over the festive period however a slump swiftly followed which saw them tumble down the table with just one win in 12 matches.
Now in ninth place and 11 off of a European qualification spot, it looks like their season will teeter to a disappointing conclusion.
With just three away wins in the Premier League this campaign West Ham have relied heavily on their home form to keep them out of trouble, and to be safe in March makes a nice change for the usually relegation-threatened outfit.
Although, considering how good their 2014 was it’s somewhat of an anti-climax that the club has nothing to play for with eight games to go.
Europe may not be mathematically out of their reach but it’s hugely unlikely any of the teams in those places will fail to pick up the required points.
Away day troubles
West Ham have picked up 15 points from 14 away matches this term, six of those games ended in draws and had they shown a little bit more ambition they may have turned them into wins, which would have significantly boosted their points tally.
Of their last six on the road they've lost three and drawn three and while their performances have at times merited more, it’s not good enough to point to misfortune or bad luck as the determining factor.
Sam Allardyce has often changed from the successful diamond formation when his side have played away from Upton Park and although this has partly been due to injuries, it’s a defensive tactic that he has been known to employ in the past.
Need to improve
It’s no coincidence that West Ham are eleventh on the away form table, compared to eighth on home form, and they have five away games remaining so they will need to improve if they are to have a strong finish to the campaign.
Bottom of the table Leicester City are next up for the east London outfit in a game which the Hammers should pick up three points.
Out of their remaining away fixtures Manchester City are the only one that stands out as unwinnable, with QPR, Aston Villa and Newcastle the others, although it may be a little too late in regards to making a surge for the European places.
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