Allardyce rues wasteful hammers

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West Ham manager Sam Allardyce was left to rue his side's wasteful finishing after the goalless draw against Millwall - but Lions goalkeeper David Forde will be eternally grateful for one missed chance.

Forde was still behind his goal, adjusting his net when West Ham kicked off. Henri Lansbury noticed the keeper was not paying attention and sent a 40-yard shot bouncing narrowly wide as the keeper sheepishly jogged back into position having avoided an embarrassing gaffe.

Allardyce said: "I thought it was a fantastic piece of vision by Lansbury - I hadn't got a clue and was thinking 'why the hell are you shooting there?' But he'd obviously seen the keeper and the position he was in, and if the ball had been on target it would have gone in the back of the net."

He added: "Henri Lansbury had the best chance in the first half, Kevin Nolan had a chance we'd expect him to score, if he'd chested it down and slotted it in instead, and Bentley had an unbelievable chance but he put it wide."

"In the end we are disappointed we didn't win it but we are happy and respect the point that we've got."

Millwall have been eagerly awaiting the renewal of hostilities with their rivals from across the Thames, so much so that some fans chartered a plane to fly over Wigan's ground trailing a banner with the words 'Avram Grant, Millwall Legend' as the Hammers' relegation was confirmed last season.

The atmosphere certainly crackled at the start but there was thankfully no repeat of the crowd trouble which marred the Carling Cup meeting between the sides at Upton Park two years ago.

Millwall had their opportunities too, with Liam Trotter shooting too close to Robert Green and also blazing a close-range volley over, while Tamika Mkandawrire's header flew inches wide.

"I'm not disappointed with a draw," said Lions boss Kenny Jackett. "West Ham are very strong, they have a very good side so I'm pleased.

"We defended well and we are competitive but now we have to find our way going forward and get some goals."

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