Last Updated: Mon, 31 Dec 2012 14:21
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has called on his players to start 2013 positively with a result against Norwich.
The Hammers and the Canaries both made good starts to the season, with Chris Hughton's side previously going on a 10-game unbeaten run before losing their last three outings.
Allardyce watched his side fall to a 1-0 loss to hands of Reading in their last fixture, but expects a better performance on New Year's Day.
The east London club have won just one of their last eight league fixtures and things aren't getting any easier as the former Bolton manager will be without captain Kevin Nolan and defender James Collins who picked up their fifth yellow cards of the season against the Royals.
"We need to bounce back," he said.
"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."
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