Allardyce defends Sakho decision


Sakarms outSam Allardyce has defended his decision to use Diafra Sakho, despite the Senegalese international being removed from their Africa Cup of Nations squad through injury.

Sakho suffered a niggling back injury whilst away with Senegal in November, missing three Premier League games as a result – and the injury recurred against West Bromwich Albion on New Year’s Day.

But after scoring the winning goal Sakho is a Hammers hero and Allardyce explained: “He’s still unable to fly.

“We had to drive him down in a limo on Saturday afternoon, but other than that he said he can get out on the pitch and just see how he goes.

“Today was about putting him on the bench with the hope we didn’t have to use him, but in the end bringing him on was the most important tactical decision for us.

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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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  • tony says:

    not sure why Sam is defending his decision? Sakho is a West Ham player and they pay his wages. Sakho wanted to play for Senegal but could not go to the Cuppa Soup because of an injury that was aggravated by the Senegal National teams physio. Why the excuses?

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