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Allardyce slams West Ham's shoddy defending

Filed: Sunday, 13th January 2013
By: Staff Writer

A disappointed Sam Allardyce conceded that his team deserved nothing from today's match at Sunderland whilst criticising his team for what was, at times, woeful defending.

"We didn't make Sunderland work very hard for their victory today; we've let them enjoy their time out there on the pitch for the whole 90 minutes which really disappoints me," he told the BBC.

"Against Manchester United, the time we spent snuffing out one of the best attacks in Europe, never mind the Prmeier League, and limiting them to so few chances was fantastic. But here today, Sunderland opened us up with ease time after time - which was baffling for me.

"Our work ethic away from home has to be about stopping the opposition, about earning the right to play and not just going out thinking it's going to happen. That's how it looked today.

"Whilst we hadn't played well in the first half we were just 1-0 down and if we put it right and played better then we might have had a chance to get ourselves back in the game.

"Then, all of a sudden we have a free kick, the free kick gets cleared and lo and behold, they're shooting at our goal with nobody anywhere near him. Jussi made a great save - and then we messed it up and allowed them to score. I think that just summed our day up."

The second goal - a mix-up in which Danny Potts was heavily involved having failed to clear the ball - was the turning point as far as Allardyce, who also retains major concerns about his team's inability to find the net away from home, was concerned.

"That should have been easily cleared by us and would have kept us in the game," he insisted.

"We've scored so few away goals this season and it's a big concern for me at this moment in time. We created a lot of chances today - albeit after Sunderland were 3-0 up - but we want to be putting them in the back of the net to gain confidence.

"It's a concern; we've only scored five goals away from home this season, it's the lowest scoring rate in the Premier League. We're going to have to sort out not just the defensive side but also the goalscoring side.

"But tthe players have to accept responsibilty today for not playing their best and making sure they get back on track against Manchester United on Wednesday and then next Saturday against QPR."

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by niran ade-onojobi
08:51PM 15th Jan 2013
''Lack of consistency is still our major problem. The mental alertness of the players and ability to concentrate requires more attention. Losing against teams like Sunderland with due respect is unacceptable.''

by shaun
03:17PM 14th Jan 2013
''Wouldn't it be nice to have two strikers up front now. With all these strikers we are signing why not try a different formation like 3-5-2, this lone striker is no good for us, Sam really needs to change for different games don't you think?''

by Owen Robson
01:13PM 14th Jan 2013
''Those us who were there also slammed the shoddy defending. Vaz Te's antics at the start of the second half beggared belief, Mooro will be turning in his grave seeing cheating like that. Either Allardyce sorts the team out pronto or lets Paulo have a go.''

by cranham hammer
10:46AM 13th Jan 2013
''Every week we play the same tactics. Every week we can't score cos we have one up front. Every week we beaver around with no ball getting to the forward. Every week we make a mistake at the back. Every week we get closer to relegation.''

by Colin Pickett
09:36AM 13th Jan 2013
''Relegation is a distinct possibility now. Can't score goals away from home. Can't defend consistently at home or away and no real leadership. Championship here we come... We need to beat Reading and Q.P.R. and that will NOT happen. They both have far more of a will to win. What IS it with West Ham?''

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