Allardyce wants players to show creative side

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The West Ham manager, Sam Allardyce, wants a positive reaction from his players against Norwich at Upton Park after the Hammers' 1-0 defeat by fellow promoted side Reading on Saturday.

Norwich, who had previously been on a 10-match unbeaten run, have lost their last three while West Ham have won just one of their last eight Premier League fixtures.

Allardyce said: "We need to bounce back. We've got to make sure we become better at creating and taking our chances, otherwise it's going to be tough. The balls into the box haven't been given enough quality to open up a defence as everybody starts tightening up at this stage of the season."

Kick-off 3pm Ref M Clattenburg (Co Durham) TV Highlights, 10.25pm, BBC 1.

Odds: West Ham 11-10 Draw 12-5 Norwich 12-5