West Ham manager Sam Allardyce was delighted to see his side return to winning ways after an indifferent spell. The Hammers had gone into Tuesday’s match looking for a boost after taking just one point from their previous four Barclays Premier League fixtures.

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“I was wondering if we were going to hold our confidence and performance level at home,” said Allardyce, who felt the referee had a “great view” of the penalty and made the “correct decision”.

“It has been really good, even though we have had two back-to-back defeats, but today they showed they have the mentality to cope with whatever is thrown at them.”

Allardyce, who hopes to have striker Andy Carroll available by the end of the month, continued: “The disappointing thing was the chances the front lads missed today, with balls just flashing across the box needing a tap in.

“We lost a goal in the 90th minute which made us edgy in the end when we should have been out of sight.

“We will continue to try to brush up on our finishing techniques with the lads and hope the next time round we are more clinical with our finishing.”

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8 comments

  • I'd like to make it very clear that Big Sam does not take bungs and so none of it would have found itself in Clusterbuck's pocket.

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    DocOhNo

    Thursday, January 3, 2013

  • Any criticism of the dreadful Clattenburg is serially ethered now, canuck_canary. Précis; I agree with you. Referees should learn from the old standards of Umpiring. Impartiality. Competence helps a bit too.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 3, 2013

  • To quote the lovely Christine Keeler "he would say that, wouldn't he?".

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    DocOhNo

    Thursday, January 3, 2013

  • What a surprise. Still, never mind, on to the next challenge. So long as Calamityburg doesn't ref any of our other fixtures this season we should be alright.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Thursday, January 3, 2013

  • ?? Also agree with The Doc.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 3, 2013

  • That`s what I wanted to say, Doc! Big Sam would certainly be trumpeting his outrage and indignation if it`d happened to him. As that other "lovely" lady might have said "Its a funny old world".

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 3, 2013

  • Have you ever known Big sam to give a ballanced view. To hear Dion saying the same thing was dissapointing. Ok lets have 50 pens a game to cut it out.

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    sharky

    Thursday, January 3, 2013

  • He would say exactly that, but he seems to be as high as his teams play the ball over a ref assisted win

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    gordon52

    Thursday, January 3, 2013

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