Allardyce: Playing one-up was wrong

Sam3Sam Allardyce has admitted it wrong to play one-up in the first half at Stoke City.

He’s reported in London24.com as saying: “I think there is no doubt about it and we won’t pull the wool over anybody’s eyes – certainly in the first half we were second best.

“In the end it was all about changing the system and the way we played and getting the subs on.

“Losing Winston Reid to a thigh injury we couldn’t help, but the other two subs were tactical and they helped us change the shape of the team, get Stewart Downing in the hole and get two up top.

He added: : “We changed it and if it’s not going well it’s my job to use the experience I have got and change it.

“I decided to throw caution to the wind with two up front and see whether Stoke could cope with it.

“If they couldn’t, we’d get back into the game and that’s exactly what happened.”


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2 comments on “Allardyce: Playing one-up was wrong

  1. Exactly why he is not a good and successful manager,and from his own admittance.Twenty five years in the game and he still couldn’t see two up was what was needed against a poor Stoke against a rampant Hammers.How many more times will he revert to type ,annoy the fans and get it wrong,yet again. He is just not good enough for the players we have and must go.

  2. Agree with Rugby again.BF Sam didn’t change the way we play.It was the new players the owners brought in who haven’t been used to playing “hoofball”.I wish the owners would wake up to Allardyce.If we lost the game to Stoke then BF Sam would never admit he got it wrong.The ego is too large.

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