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West Ham could sink unless key players get fit, says Jamie Redknapp
West Ham could go down unless they get their injured stars back in action soon, says Jamie Redknapp.
Last Updated: 28/12/13 3:50pm
The Hammers remain in the drop zone following Saturday lunchtime's pulsating 3-3 draw with relegation-threatened rivals West Brom at Upton Park.
Sam Allardyce's side have won just three of their 19 matches so far this term, with their last three-point haul coming against Fulham on the final day of November, and currently have many first-team regulars nursing knocks.
Defender James Tomkins had to leave the field of play just 10 minutes into the clash with the Baggies due to a groin strain, and while Sky Sports pundit Redknapp was impressed with the Irons' powers of recovery after they went from 2-1 down to 3-2 up before Saido Berahino's 69th-minute equaliser, he reckons the Londoners have much to ponder.
Asked whether the Hammers, whose other top-flight wins this campaign have been collected at home to Cardiff and at Tottenham, could go down, Redknapp said: "Absolutely.
"This looks like a team that is capable of winning back-to-back games but they haven't done that for nearly three years.
"So I think they need to get players, like Tomkins, Winston Reid, James Collins and Andy Carroll, fit sooner rather than later.
"For 20 minutes in the first half, West Ham looked a good side, but once Tomkins went off you could see the disruption in the back four and then it looked like West Brom could get through at will and score with every opportunity.
"They were then 2-1 down and Upton Park can be a difficult place to play when there is a bit of pressure, so they showed some pressure to come back and to get a point and Allardyce will be delighted."
Redknapp's fellow analyst Ray Wilkins, meanwhile, lavished praise on West Brom's two-goal hero Nicolas Anelka and his strike partner Berahino, who clattered the woodwork late on with a rip-snorting free-kick.
"West Brom looked a bit shaky defensively but going forward they were a threat all the time," said the ex-Chelsea, Manchester United and QPR midfielder.
"I thought Anelka was outstanding considering he has been out for two months and he showed his great strengths - his pace and finishing ability - while Berahino was sharp."
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