West Bromwich Albion suffered a 2-1 defeat to West Ham United on Tuesday evening, their third loss in four league games and their 12th of the season.

Sam Allardyce’s men are six points adrift of safety in the Premier League, with the worst defensive record (43 goals conceded in 19 games) and the fewest clean sheets (two) of anyone in the division, so their situation looks precarious.

Allardyce believes West Brom won’t stay up unless they can start shutting teams out. Although goals at the other end have been hard to come by, with 16 top-flight clubs scoring more than the Baggies’ 15 goals, Albion can’t keep conceding so frequently and expect to fend off relegation. The manager told Birmingham Live:

I’m trying my best to say to the lads without getting a clean sheet we are not going to get out of trouble. You look at our goals against, by far we have conceded more than anyone else.

David Moyes is picking up points at West Ham because the goal was scored against them was the first goal he has conceded in four. Manchester City have shot up the league because they have got the best clean sheet record – they have probably won more games 1-0 than anyone else.

If we are going to stay up, we have got to put that right more than anything else. I can sign more players, yes. That will help, but the clean sheet record has to get much better.

West Brom’s results under Allardyce

  • 20/12/20 (Premier League) West Brom 0-3 Aston Villa
  • 27/12/20 (Premier League) Liverpool 1-1 West Brom
  • 29/12/20 (Premier League) West Brom 0-5 Leeds United
  • 2/1/21 (Premier League) West Brom 0-4 Arsenal
  • 9/1/21 (FA Cup) Blackpool 2-2 West Brom (lost on penalties)
  • 16/1/21 (Premier League) Wolves 2-3 West Brom
  • 19/1/21 (Premier League) West Ham 2-1 West Brom

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Albion have conceded 19 goals and are yet to record clean sheet from Allardyce’s first seven games in charge, so their problems are obvious.

As low scorers in the Premier League, their only hope of survival is by nullifying the opposition over 90 minutes – something they’ve only achieved twice all season and not since November.