With just two wins since Christmas and looking for an away win (at QPR) as their first since beating West Brom at the Hawthorns in December, team and manager are under fierce pressure.
It’s been suggested here and elsewhere that with no relegation on the team, Allardyce may have had the opportunity to blood some kids or squad players a chance.
However we can forget that such as Diego Poyet, Reece Oxford or Reece Burke may get even a sniff.
Explaining his position @ London24.com the 60 year old manager said: “It is always difficult for me. If we were in a better position with our results it would have been a good thing to look at the odd player.
“But the pressure with us at the moment to get results means it would be difficult for me to do.
“If you put a youngster in and lose you get criticised, the youngster might get criticised, so it is difficult.
“Or play all your youngsters in the FA Cup and get slaughtered for it. You say ‘we don’t give youngsters a chance’ but you give them a chance, lose, and get slaughtered for it.
“You can’t have your cake and eat it.”
West Ham are still without Diafra Sakho, Andy Carroll and James Tomkins for their trip to QPR and Guy Demel is also a doubt.