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Allardyce: Defeat hard to take

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce described Liverpool's winning goal at Upton Park on Sunday as 'freaky'.

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The Hammers were beaten 3-2, with a James Collins own goal 11 minutes from time sealing victory for the visitors.

But Allardyce said: "We have got to take it on the chin and I think we did the best we could and played as well as we could and we are disappointed that we haven't got anything from it.

"It is disappointing to lose, but it is even more disappointing when your most creative player (Mohamed Diame) leaves the field with what looks like a serious injury.

"The way we finished the last 30-35 minutes of the first half, unfortunately we didn't get to that tempo and that level of quality and started to sit a little too deep after the break.

"I thought we had seen that out and we were going to come good at the end like we normally do and maybe they would over-extend themselves and we could hit them on the break and get a third.

"To lose the second goal was a bit of a sickener for us but I thought 'see it out today lads and if it is not to be then let's get the draw and we move on'.

"But then to lose it to a freaky own goal is a little hard to take at the minute."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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