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Big Sam 'We Gifted Norwich Three Points'

Big Sam 'We Gifted Norwich Three Points'


With his Captain feeling the need to apologise to West Ham fans, Sam Allardyce has also been talking about the defeat at Norwich and it seems he thinks that his side committed football suicide, handing the points on a plate to City.

"The real disappointment lies in the fact that when the opposition beats you because they have been better than you, you accept that, but when you have gifted the opposition three points that is so difficult to take," said Allardyce. "We put in a performance in the first half where we completely dominated the game and finally got the goal we were searching for to give us the platform to go on and get three points rather than drawing. Then our defending threw it away from our point of view, rather than actually showing that resilience yet again to gather the three precious points we should have won from this match."

Allardyce was also able to moan about the penalty award with a 'I've seen them not given' attitude to it.

"The bottom line is that Jussi doesn`t normally make that sort of mistake and you`d hope he would get away with it, but this time he didn`t get away with it," he said.

"He shouldn`t have gone diving for the ball, but because he knew he had made the mistake, he got over-anxious trying to put it right and ended up making another mistake by sadly giving the penalty away. It was a soft one but at the end of the day there was contact from Jussi`s arm and the player has made the best of it and the referee has seen it as a penalty. You could say you have seen them given and you`ve seen them not given."

Big Sam also think it's amazingly unlucky that his side conceded another great free kick from Robert Snodgrass - maybe his keeper should be told to move or his wall could think about jumping ;-)

"The first error by Jussi gave them the massive lift they were looking for and we gifted them the boost of confidence that they were searching for, but looked like they were never going to get," said Allardyce.

'It`s a psychological thing in that it lifted the crowd. They were booing at half-time but 10 minutes after, they were cheering, which makes a massive difference and that`s our fault. What really surprised me was that it seemed to kill the spirit of the team for a bit and then we recovered from it. We then conceded a second goal which was another blow for us. Snodgrass` free-kick is the fourth one against us in 11 games this season, when in two years previously at West Ham I haven`t had four scored against me. That`s a bizarre stat because Leighton Baines and Jermaine Pennant haven`t scored one since and it will probably be a while before Snodgrass gets another one. He got it when it mattered for Norwich and it was a killer for us."

And finally, the West Ham boss felt that his side gifted the game for Norwich. A result that saw them drop below the Canaries.

"We gifted Norwich three points and made life difficult for ourselves when we shouldn`t have done, but there we are," he said. "We`ve faltered in our defensive side for the first time this season when we were 1-0 up and ended up with no points when you`d have thought at half-time that we`d go home with a very valuable three points.'

"Had the game gone on at 1-0 for another 10 or 15 minutes I think we would have been saying we`d won 2-0 because they would have got more and more desperate, thrown more and more men forward and lost their confidence. That would have given us more chances to add a second, but unfortunately it didn`t pan out that way and we only have ourselves to blame."

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Writer:The Tuckster
Date:Monday November 11 2013
Time: 8:00PM

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Such is the desire to "Stay in work" that football managers rarely give opponents credit - as is also the case here!
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11/11/2013 21:39:00
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