Upton Park

Next Game

West Ham v QPR

Sunday, 05 October 2014, 16:15

Barclays Prem

Old Trafford

Last Game

Man Utd 2 - 1 West Ham

Saturday, 27 September 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Performance disgusts Allardyce

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce was disgusted with his side's performance in the 3-0 defeat at Sunderland.

Last Updated: 12/01/13 at 23:57 Post Comment

Sebastian Larsson put the home side in front after 12 minutes at the Stadium of Light, with Adam Johnson and James McClean firing second-half goals to cap off a forgettable day for the Hammers.

Allardyce was particularly unhappy with the defending that led to Sunderland's second goal, where a comedy of errors allowed Johnson to score.

He said: "Just look at it, it was pathetic, wasn't it? We have a free-kick and we let the opposition score.

"Jussi (Jaaskelainen) gets us out of jail in the first place by making a really, really good save, and then we mess up the clearance and they score, so it probably sums us up today.

"We didn't defend correctly, we didn't have the appetite for defending correctly and nullifying the opposition's strengths, we never passed the ball as well as we know we can.

"It was really an all-round performance that makes life extremely difficult for me to accept, the performance I have seen based on how well we played just seven days ago against Manchester United.

"The level of difference in performance between that game and this is just staggering."

Allardyce admits he will launch a recruitment drive for defenders after James Collins limped off with a hamstring tear, joining George McCartney and Joey O'Brien on the sidelines.

"The big blow for me is not having enough defenders at the moment. There are too many of my defenders injured," he said.

"We have had too many injuries recently, but the injury situation with defenders with George McCartney not being here, Joey O'Brien not being here and James Collins getting injured today means that the defensive side of our team is particularly weak and short of numbers now.

"I am really going to have to go and try to strengthen that area in the next few days."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

A

ndros f***ing Townsend, really Roy? ...was also by first thought. Followed closely by where have all the defenders gone? , and Jesus, that midfield looks weak .

al4monkey
England call-up for Clyne

T

he 'where does it end' argument is an absurd one and completely misses the point of the Rooney Rule, which applies to all minorities. It doesn't force any team to appoint anyone, it merely requires them to interview at least one minority candidate.

foreverlostsoul
No Good Reason Not To Try The Rooney Rule

Y

ou make a lot of good points, but I still find myself instinctively against anything that makes it easier for Paul Ince to get managerial roles

stevenjameshyde
No Good Reason Not To Try The Rooney Rule

Footer 365

European Qualifiers: No Sturridge rift with Liverpool, says England boss Roy Hodgson

Roy Hodgson insists there is no dispute with Liverpool after omitting striker Daniel Sturridge from the England squad.

European Qualifiers: Nathaniel Clyne and Jonjo Shelvey in England squad as Daniel Sturridge is omitted

Nathaniel Clyne has been named in England's squad for the European Qualifiers against San Marino and Estonia.

Premier League: Liverpool and Daniel Sturridge discussing new contract

Manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that Liverpool are in talks with forward Daniel Sturridge over a new contract.

Mail Box

Again, It's Football365 Being Racist...

'The worst piece of ill-informed PC garbage that I've ever read on the interweb' - that's Nick Miller's Rooney Rule column. The rest of the Mailbox is more fun...

Danny, Champion Of Arsenal's World

It's a Mailbox filled with Liverpool glumness, but happiness surrounding Danny, champion of Arsenal's world. Plus, can someone try and teach Balotelli the offside rule?

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property