West Ham boss Sam Allardyce warns squad they are playing for their future after cup exit
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has warned his squad they are playing for their future at Upton Park.
Last Updated: 01/10/12 7:24am
The Hammers were beaten 4-1 in the Capital One Cup clash, and Allardyce admits he is still raging at the loss as he prepares his team for tonight's match with QPR.
"I've had a few days to reflect on our 4-1 Capital One Cup defeat at home to Wigan and I'm still just as upset as straight after the match," Allardyce said.
"What really disappoints me is that, after all the hard work we put in during pre-season and such a fantastic start, we offered up a performance like that.
"I just don't accept what happened in any shape or form and the players are putting their West Ham careers in jeopardy.
"Someone on TV made the point that, of the Manchester United squad which lost to Crystal Palace in the League Cup last November, nine players have since left the club.
"It's a similar scenario at most clubs. If you get a chance you have to grab it because everyone must realise that time is short these days."
Allardyce has now called on his players to lift the spirits of the fans who were unfortunate enough to watch the Wigan game by beating QPR at Loftus Road in the Premier League on Monday night.
He said: "The players didn't give good value for money against Wigan.
"Now we have to make sure that we send them home happy on Monday night by getting a good result against QPR."
Allardyce may decide to retain Modibo Maiga after he scored the only goal of the game on Tuesday, but otherwise the team is expected to change almost entirely.
Winston Reid, James Collins and Kevin Nolan will come back in and there could be a first start for Yossi Benayoun since he returned to the club on loan from Chelsea.
Andy Carroll, who injured his hamstring on debut against Fulham at the start of the month, is likely to miss out, but Gary O'Neil, who suffered a knee injury on Tuesday, is fit.