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Allardyce plans West Ham improvements

29 April 2013 14:54

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has praised his side's performance this campaign but knows they will need to strengthen for next season.

The London club have not been part of the relegation battle this season and currently sit in 10th position in the Premier League on 42 points with three games to go.

Allardyce jas been encouraged by what he had seen from his squad this campaign, but pinpointed an overall improvement in the playing squad plus a more clinical approach in front of goal as areas they must build on for next season.

"To improve we just need to add better players, it's a simple as that," he told the club's official website.

"If we get better players then we improve. If we can do that then we get better and we become an established Premier League side.

"We need to score more goals away from home next season. That hasn't been a problem at home but that ratio needs to improve away from home to get up that little bit more.

"If we can start putting performances with the results then we'll be OK."

For most clubs who win the Championship play-off final life in the Premier League is all about survival but West Ham have handled life back in the top flight well, and Allardyce admitted that his side had exceeded all their expectations this season.

"At the moment we are far better than where we expected to be," he added.

"We didn't expect to be almost safe with four games to go. I think we'll be OK with 42 points so we're way ahead of what we expected.

"As I say, we need to get a few more goals to get the points.

"We'll address that in the summer and hopefully we'll find some better players to improve the squad.

"Before that we've three very important games, two at home and one away so we'll try to pick up as many points as we can."

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