Angry SamKevin Nolan’s  suspension and injuries to  Stewart Downing and James Tomkins  will stretch West Ham’s resources to the limit when Sunderland arrive next week!

They add  to an already extensive list of absentees that also includes Andy Carroll, Winston Reid, Ricardo Vaz Te, Razvan Rat.

Tomkins, who was forced off with a hamstring injury late on and manager Sam Allardyce is now deeply concerned about the problems which are throwing plans into chaos.

He said: “We had to take James off because he felt his groin. It’s getting massively concerning with the players losing their fitness.

“There is nothing we could do about Stewart’s injury, but Kevin certainly could have done something about keeping himself on the field.

“It was a very irresponsible action. No matter how frustrated you get, you shouldn’t be doing that sort of thing, especially when you’re a man of his experience.

“We’re all struggling at the minute, but what we can’t afford to is lose our confidence and our determination to do the right things.

“It’s not so long ago – a week – that we a magnificent performance together to beat Fulham. This time of year, the chances to put things right and win come thick and fast because the games come around and points are won and lost very quickly.

“My problem now lies with the limited amount of players I have available to me next weekend.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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