Allardyce attacks “tippy tappy b…..ks”


Snidey AllardyceSam Allardyce claimed West Ham’s direct approach was the reason for the 3-0 victory over Hull City.

The Hammers fans let their feelings be known when booing  a dismal first half showing but second half goals from Andy Carroll, Morgan Amalfitano and Stewart Downing ensured the three points

And Allardyce then launched an attack on the football that many want the team to play snapping: “All this tippy-tappy stuff – everybody keeps on going about the right way to play football – is all a load of b******s sometimes

“Getting the ball into the opposition box as quickly as you can with quality is definitely sometimes the best way forward and that’s what we did in the second half and that’s why we won the game.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • IronsAndJags says:

    Maybe we need a translation service between fans and Sam, because the first half looked more like long ball to me. There may have been some passing, but mostly it just ended up by being passed back to Adrian to knock long. So, I think what we call long ball he thinks is tippy tap?

    The second half looked really positive, rather than the negative stuff we have served up in the last few weeks, when trying to hang on to a 1-0 lead. So, regardless of what he wants to call the styles – more of the second half please! That was just good attacking football, which we all want.

    I think Sam needs to talk to a fan or two, because he is just arguing straw men.

  • rads45 says:

    Sometimes Sam really needs to keep his mouth shut.He thinks he is being the wise guy with these comments but the simple fact is that we as fans aint stupid.We all know he doesnt like tippy tappy football coz he hasnt got a clue tactically how to implement it.Given the best players money could buy he still couldnt train them,they would have to show him what it is all about. He covers his arse by dismissing it as overated to hide his own inefficiences as a manager.I aint totally anti Sam at all but if he wants to run his mouth off whenever he feels like it then we as fans have every right to tell him when he is acting like a jerk 🙂

  • Willtell says:

    I think SA has done a marvellous job but he doesn’t fool most WH fans. Tippy tappy football is not the issue or what WH fans want in my experience. The poor performance in the first half was because SA changed the successful diamond formation. He then proclaims his tactical expertise when he reverted back to what most wise coaches would have gone with in the 1st half….

  • LAIRON says:

    Haha, spot on! All three comments!!!

  • conkerpot says:

    The perception is he’s a thick northerner who says what he means and likes what he says. Quite often he is right in what he says … It’s just the way he says it. Or he shouldn’t be saying it. Or it should be said by someone else and not him. However. I never used to be a fan of the more direct style of football but sometimes it’s really effective and can unlock the door against certain teams. Watching Everton under Martinez I see a team who have been worked out by the opposition. That’s because Martinez only knows one style of play – the so called tippy tappy style. I saw them in a game against west brom recently in which west brom had clearly set out to defend and frustrate in a typically tony pullis fashion. Everton couldn’t find a way through. It was pass after pass after pass from Everton. They passed it sideways in midfield mostly. Occasionally they would run up the wing but instead of crossing the ball in to the likes of lukaku they would simply pass the ball backwards into the midfield. I have seen West Ham attempting to play tippy tippy this season and for the most part it breaks down because of a sloppy pass which gifts the ball to the opposition in midfield and gives them a counter attack goal scoring opportunity. In the first half against hull this was demonstrated mark noble giving the ball away and probably having the worst game he’s ever had. Is it only me who noticed noble always has a really bad game when Roy hodgeson is in the stand? Maybe the pressure to perform well in front of the England manager affects his game. With Downing it has the opposite effect as he always seems to play well when hodgson is watching. We couldn’t find a way through. In the second half we switched to a more direct style. Three nil. Sometimes you have to mix it up a bit to get the result. That’s all allardyce had to say.

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