Baffled Sam heads for top ref talks

New allardyceWest Ham manager Sam Allardyce was left “baffled” by the decision which handed Everton their opening goal in the 2-1 win at Goodison Park.

Referee Mark Clattenburg allowed a clearly offside goal from Romelu Lukaku’s to stand and the Hammers boss will take the matter up with officials’ chief Mike Riley next week.

Allardyce said: “A little bit of it was our fault but that decision baffled me so we have to be frustrated. The first shot was blocked by Winston Reid and it falls to Lukaku who is two yards offside. For me there will be some way forward next week for an explanation.

“I have had an explanation from the referee but I won’t discuss that publicly, I’ll discuss it privately with the PGMOL (Professional Game Match Officials Limited) next week.”

James McCarthy was guilty of some challenges which caused an angry confrontation between the players after going over the top on Morgan Amalfitano . Steven Naismith too was involved in some meaty challenges and Allardyce,  asked Clattenburg for greater protection.

He said: “I think they were yellow cards. Naismith’s challenge on Mark Noble was probably the worst of all and because there wasn’t a furore it went unnoticed. Noble ended up coming up off injured because of that.

“They showed a certain degree of physicality and we had to ask the referee to protect us and I don’t think he did that too well.

“We have been very good this year at converting chances with very good delivery in the final third but our finishing was not good enough and because of that we have ended up losing and a referee’s decision has contributed to it.”

Allardyce was also unhappy about the winner, which saw Clattenburg make the right choice in playing advantage to allow Leon Osman to score on his 400th appearance after Mauro Zarate had equalised four minutes after coming off the bench.

“One punt up the middle was a hugely disappointing way to concede,” said the West Ham boss.



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2 comments on “Baffled Sam heads for top ref talks

  1. Perhaps Allardyce if you spent time on the training ground instead of holidaying we wouldn’t get beaten by a hoof up the middle when we had three centre halves on the field.Once again poor management has cost us three points again.As usual someone else’s fault.

  2. While all managers at some time blame refs and their decisions for defeats, sir Alex was a past master!
    I think on this occasion BS has every right to not be very pleased with the performance of the match officials.

    How they managed not to see lukaku two feet offside is well a terrible schoolboy error! That should never happen at this level.

    Some of the “tackling was boarder line criminal. McCathy on amilfitano and Naismith on noble were straight reds! And some of the treatment handed out to us especially when we were bossing the game at 1-1 was thuggery.( merrilles on amilfitano anybody?).

    All of which could have been stamped out by stronger refereeing and the earlier use of appropriate cards.
    Although we didn’t help ourselves with some poor defending at times and especially our poor crossing and finishing, I ask you how many West Ham teams over the years have been kicked off the park whilst trying to play football with no protection from the ref?

    Yesterday was just another sad example.

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