Sam Allardyce and Chris Hughton disagreed over the penalty award. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce backs referee over early penalty call against Norwich City

Thursday, January 3, 2013
11.15 AM

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.

“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.”