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Allardyce: 'nervous' players have let themselves down

Filed: Friday, 17th April 2015
By: Staff Writer

Sam Allardyce has criticised his squad for dropping points at crucial stages, accusing them of "letting themselves down".

Allardyce, speaking ahead of West Ham's trip to Manchester City this weekend castigated his team for conceding once again in the closing stages of a match, allowing Stoke to earn a point at the Boleyn last weekend.

"The motivation for the players should be that they’ve let themselves down by not achieving the results that they should have done, from the positions we’ve been in," he told reporters this morning. "We want to get the feel good factor back by winning a few games and getting the confidence back up.

"Late goals have been terrible for our results recently. Stoke was probably one of our weaker performances but we were still 30 seconds away from winning it. We need to make sure we don’t show the type of nerves that we did, because we looked exceedingly nervous.

"We have had a good season but we’ve thrown away a lot of points. At the moment we want to reach the 50 point mark or higher, that will make sure we finish higher than we have done in the three years we’ve been back."

The late, late show: how we threw it all away

16 Aug: Tottenham (h) 0-1: Eric Dier scores in the last minute to secure a 1-0 win for rivals Tottenham.
30 Aug: Southampton (h) 1-3: Graziano Pelle's 83rd minute strike confirms Southmapton's 3-1 win at the Boleyn.

6 Jan: Everton (a) 1-1: Romelu Lukaku scores from an offside position in the 90th minute to earn Everton a point.
13 Jan: Everton (h) 2-2 aet: Kevin Mirallas popped up in the 82nd minute to score and necessitate extra time.
31 Jan: Liverpool (a) 0-2: Daniel Sturridge secures a win for the hosts with an 80th-minute effort.

8 Feb: Man Utd (h) 1-1: Despite having led for much of the second half Daley Blind's 90th-minute equaliser costs West Ham two points.
22 Feb: Tottenham (a) 2-2: Two up with ten to play, goals from Rose and a Kane penalty three minutes into added-on time earn Spurs a draw.

14 Mar: Arsenal (a) 0-3: Still in the game at 0-1, West Ham conceded in the 81st and 84 minute and suffer a 0-3 reversal

4 Apr: Leicester (a) 1-2: Andy King's 86th-minute effort is enough to wn the game for the Foxes
11 Apr: Stoke (h) 1-1: A Marko Arnautovic equaliser in the fifth minute of added-on time costs West Ham two points

Total points lost by above scenarios: 10

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