Baffling Decision From Sam Allardyce


Sam AllardyceI have stuck by Sam Allardyce all season at West Ham while many of my friends and other supporters have always got on his back. He got us promoted at the first time of asking and we WERE comfortable in the Premier League. But we are now getting closer and closer to being dragged into this relegation battle and decisions like he made last night really makes me start to question him.


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So against Tottenham Hotspur, a team we haven’t beaten in years, we are winning 2-1 with twenty minutes to go and Big Sam decides to change the back four and bring on Emanuel Pogatetz. Why??? This decision completely ruined the team. It meant Joey O’Brien who was doing well at left back, moving him over to right back and putting Pogatetz left back. I think everyone in the stadium did not understand what he was doing one little bit.


The moment he brought him on Tottenham targeted him and put Gareth Bale right midfield. He just looked out of sorts from the first moment the ball was down his side and it looked like he didn’t know what he was doing. Then within five minutes he gave away a stupid free kick against Bale as he was getting done down the outside. From this resulting free kick Tottenham got their second and the equaliser.


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What I noticed after they scored the goal was that James Collins and Winston Reid were both going mad at Pogatetz. The thing is it is not his fault at the end of the day was a poor decision from Allardyce to bring him on at such an important point of such a massive game. At the end of the day he simply isn’t good enough and he shouldn’t have been put in that position.


Then from this moment on Tottenham were all over us and I don’t think it surprised any West Ham fan that Spurs got the winner. The game just changed in an instance and it looked like the determination and confidence from the players just seem to go right out of their system and all the attacking was against us and we just couldn’t keep the ball.


The next thing that I didn’t understand was taking off Diame?


You would think Allardyce would now have learnt that it is in the best interest of West Ham to keep Diame on the pitch at all costs. He might not have had the greatest of games last night but he does a lot of little things that people don’t notice. He gets in great positions when defending and will always break up play and then he has that drive about him to run with the ball and take the team forward. Looking back on two games earlier in the season against Chelsea and Liverpool. Against Chelsea he came on at half time, changed the game and we went on to win 3-1. Against Liverpool at home we were 2-1 up and he went off and we lost 3-2. I know in that game he was injured and had to go off but it just shows how important he is to the team and that he balances everything out in the squad.


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It would be really nice for Big Sam to come out and say he made a mistake changing the defence at such big moment in the game but it will never happen.


When we lost at home to Tottenham at home in the last minute it worked wonders for us and we went on a run that kept us in the Premier League. Lets hope we can do the same this season and push up the league and away from the relegation zone.


By Sam Hodges – @hodges_journo

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  • Phil the iron says:

    To “big mal” fuck right off! Typical spud! If we’re so shite how was it it took you”s till the last minute to win it?and then from a 30yarder! I also wouldn’t be so smug about your shot punt either! Firstly jussi was saving them for fun and secondly most of them didn’t occur until after big Sam had gifted you the game with his substitutions! Finally if yours is suh a great team why are you after our stadium and on our web site? Arrogant muppet!

  • Phil the iron says:

    Either way big Sam as cocked up! If he made Subs on Monday nite due to injury then players he brought not good enough! The again if not due to injuries (Nolan aside) then oh dear! Very poor tactics indeed!

  • realist says:

    Avram grant was given time, looked what happened. The team need a change,no confidence, wont shoot, out of position, stupid subs, cant win home or away, one win per month for months, no point away since god knows. Ten games left of predictable rubbish football. Bye EPL. DILDO BROTHERS MUST ACT NOW.

  • Spence55 says:

    There is a god…Nolan has broken his toe ….YIPPEEEEEEEEEE

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