Allardyce hits out at Valencia miss


SAllardyceWest Ham manager Sam Allardyce was left bitterly disappointed after the Hammers let a 1-0 lead over Everton  slip in injury time and now face a tricky FA Cup third round replay at the Boleyn.

He claimed we hadn’t defender properly and of the Everton equaliser said: “The lad (Oviedo) was incredibly lucky to get a cross in which was untouched by our defence and that was that. It’s all the more disappointing to concede so late in injury time.”

He then launched a blast at Enner Valencia for placing a header straight at the keeper Robles earlier in the game declaring: “You expect someone of his ability to do better than that.”

He added: “But we put in a really good team performance. I think they all played up to their maximum but the overwhelming feeling is one of disappointment.”

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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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  • sparrow says:

    So, it is all Valencia’s fault? Nothing to do with playing ten men and a traffic cone? Or poor substitutions, inviting Everton to come on and attack us?

  • fairweather says:

    There are some fundamental flaws at management level that are hindering the progress of West Ham United as a team. This season, it appears we have a team and not a patchwork of players that were employed to do a job. A good manager takes responsibility for the decisions he (or she) makes, bad managers always lay the blame elsewhere. Now, more than ever, is the time to call for a change in management simply because when you have some of the best tools at your disposal, to continue to use the older and blunt rather than the sharp and new, a change at the correct level needs to be made.

    The Zarate fiasco is a classic example. Why was Valencia substituted for Cole and not Nolan this evening? Why, oh why, have the decisions been made to the detriment of the team rather than its prosperity. I have highlighted just two of the recent incidents that we all know are just symptomatic of bad management. Winston Reid being called out in public about his future is shameful. How about publicly stating that (whether it be true or not) “Winston Reid is a very private person that is taking his time over committing to West Ham and wants to make the right decision for his family? We respect his decision as it will be the right thing for Winston and that deserves respect.” It doesn’t matter what the truth is, does it?

    As a fan, I want my club to deliver on what is the West Ham way – it’s the reason I became a fan and will always be one. The West Ham way is as much as how you behave *off* the pitch as much as what takes place *on* the pitch. Now that most of the players are delivering on that ethic, I am severely disappointed at the behavior of Sam Allardyce, who is not.

    That is why he was not, is not and never will be the right choice as manager of West Ham United.

    • Roman says:

      Yes ‘fairweather’ more of the same from Allardyce.I am sick to death of Allardyce subjecting fans tomediocrity. However loyal players have been Cole, Vaz Te,O’Brien,Nolan etc they are not the future of the West Ham United Football Club.If the manager cannot make the hard calls it is time for him to go.Just watch WBA prosper under Pulis.

  • bubs says:

    I agree with all the above,Song knew when to call it a day as a international now it’s your turn Sam,your vintage boring football is not good enough any more and it’s time to pack your bags,take your loyal boring standard players and move back up north to a championship team like Leeds and help them.RIP BFS COY!

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