Pundit Zola hands credit to Allardyce


ZolaFormer Hammers boss Gianfranco Zola handed all the credit to Sam Allardyce after a brilliant 3-1 win over Liverpool.

And the Italian had no doubt the Irons boss’ second half substitutions were master strokes and killed the game stone dead for the visitors.

Zola – speaking as a studio pundit on the game at Sky Sports – said: “Liverpool were coming right back into things in the second half but bringing on Morgan Amalfitano for Alex Song and ┬áJames Collins for Enner Valencia.

He said: “The team played really but those two substitutions by Sam made sure of things.

“After those two came on the game was dead for Liverpool – very good substitutions.”

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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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