Search

Sam Allardyce: I should have shored it up at Wembley like David Moyes did with West Ham United

PUBLISHED: 17:00 15 January 2018 | UPDATED: 17:00 15 January 2018

Everton manager Sam Allardyce (pic: Nick Potts/PA Images).

Everton manager Sam Allardyce (pic: Nick Potts/PA Images).

PA Wire/PA Images

Everton boss reflects on 4-0 thrashing away to Tottenham Hotspur and concedes he should have been more boring

Tottenham Hotspur's Mousa Dembele and Everton's Yannick Bolasie (back) battle for the ball during the Premier League match at Wembley Stadium (pic: John Walton/PA Images). Tottenham Hotspur's Mousa Dembele and Everton's Yannick Bolasie (back) battle for the ball during the Premier League match at Wembley Stadium (pic: John Walton/PA Images).

Former West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce admitted he should have followed the tactics of his old club at Wembley Stadium on Saturday against Tottenham Hotspur instead of being adventurous.

The Toffees lost 4-0 under the arch with Heung-min Son and Christian Eriksen scoring either side of a Harry Kane brace to give Spurs a comfortable victory.

Everton’s defeat occurred just nine days after the Hammers had gone to Wembley and earned a 1-1 draw following an excellent defensive display, which saw West Ham boss David Moyes praised.

Pedro Obiang put the visitors in front on January 4 before Son levelled with a 30-yarder, but Spurs had no such problems on Saturday as they secured another Premier League win after taking the lead in the 26th minute through their South Korean star.

Allardyce, speaking during his post-match press conference, said: “I might have a bit of responsibility to take because I was going to shore it up like ‘Moyesy’ did because I watched that game and thought ‘what a great job they had done defensively.’

“They put bodies on the line, they blocked shots and Tottenham threw everything at West Ham and couldn’t break them down apart from a wonder goal to get a draw.

“But then I reverted back to our Liverpool performance (in the FA Cup) and thought if the team can play like that at Anfield and just get beat at the death (2-1) then surely you can come to Tottenham and deliver the same performance and maybe get a result.

“So, maybe I have a bit of responsibility for playing too many attack-minded players and not as many defensive-minded players. I should have perhaps gone back to being a bit more boring and a bit less adventurous.”

It was a surprise at 4.30pm on Saturday to see Everton include Cenk Tosun, Wayne Rooney, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Yannick Bolasie in their starting XI at Wembley.

Everton's Wayne Rooney (right) celebrates briefly before seeing his goal disallowed for being offside during the Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur (pic: John Walton/PA Images). Everton's Wayne Rooney (right) celebrates briefly before seeing his goal disallowed for being offside during the Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur (pic: John Walton/PA Images).

At first it seemed like it could pay off with the first 45 an even-affair with Tottenham just edging proceedings and deservedly leading at the break.

But once Kane made it 2-0 in the 47th minute the floodgates opened and it was a case of how many the hosts would score.

It should be pointed out that Tottenham’s second appeared to be offside with Kane a fraction ahead of Cuco Martina when Son crossed into the area.

Everton did have a goal ruled out too when Rooney flicked in Tosun’s initial header in the 22nd minute with the score 0-0, but the one-time England captain was offside and so the goal was correctly chalked off.

Allardyce added: “The disappointing thing for us is what would the game have finished like had we scored the first goal when Wayne’s got disallowed?

“Or what would the game have ended up as if Harry’s first had been disallowed because it looked offside on the laptop, but what I can’t excuse is our capitulation after going two goals down.”

Related articles

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hackney Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hackney Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hackney Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Hackney Stories

10:20

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger replied immediately when asked the question.

Yesterday, 23:10

Sunday’s League Cup final is eagerly-awaited by a large number of Arsenal fans. Read on as a number of loyal supporters explained to Layth Yousif what the trophy means to them.

Yesterday, 21:42

With the eagerly-awaited Carabao Cup final on Sunday read the latest in our series detailing previous Arsenal League Cup finals by talking to the people who were there. Read on as we recall the shock upset the Gunners suffered against Luton Towin in the 1988 Wembley showpiece as Gus Caesar unfortunately wrote himself into the history books for all the wrong reasons in a crazy game.

Yesterday, 18:41

After appearing to book their spot in the last-four of the FA Trophy, the hosts let a three-goal lead slip against the Heed to force a Tuesday night replay

FA Trophy quarter-final: Leyton Orient 3 Gateshead 3

Yesterday, 10:14

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was in spiky form at his club’s training ground this week ahead of the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City at Wembley on Sunday.

Yesterday, 10:00

The O’s will be missing Dan Holman and Sam Ling, but it could open the door for David Mooney to return to the match day squad

Yesterday, 10:00

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our three-minute Met Office video forecast.

PROMOTED CONTENT

To celebrate LGBT history month, Hackney resident Amanda talks about her journey to becoming a foster carer, with the council’s support and training.



Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read sport

Show Job Lists