Daily Archives: December 19, 2011

Angry Sam Allardyce is facing touchline ban

Sam Allardyce

Furious: Sam Allardyce was angry with the referee’s decisions on Saturday during West Ham’s narrow victory

Sam Allardyce will learn this week whether he will be hit with a touchline ban after referee Scott Mathieson banished him from the touchline during the 1-0 win over Barnsley.

The West Ham boss, who kicked over water bottles when Freddy Sears was refused a penalty, admitted his frustration boiled over. It came a week after he warned his players about discipline after two of them had been sent off at Reading.

“There is some irony in that and the players have let me know,” said Allardyce. “It was an accumulation of things and I haven’t been as upset as that for years.”

Allardyce, “stretched to the limit” by injuries, gave 17-year-old full-back Danny Potts his debut and said: “He has a lot of quality on the ball but he showed his defensive qualities as well.”

Potts, whose father Steve made more than 400 appearances for the club, was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2006.

He said. “It was a hard time but, after my debut, I can well and truly put it to the back of my mind.

“I was first diagnosed in October 2006 and finished treatment in February 2010. I have a check-up every four months now.

“I was quite young when I was first ill and I think it hit my family more than me.”

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West Ham United sell out allocation for Portsmouth trip


West Ham have sold out their ticket allocation for the trip to Portsmouth in January.

The Hammers, who got back on track with a 1-0 win over Barnsley on Saturday, travel to Fratton Park on January 14 and will be backed by 3,000 fans, having sold out their allocation.

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Big Sam pleased with Potts

Potts: Son of former Hammers hero Steve

Monday 19th December 2011 12:52

Potts: Son of former Hammers hero Steve

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce saluted a fine debut from 17-year-old Dan Potts in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Barnsley.

Potts, the son of former Upton Park skipper Steve, was fast-tracked into making his first appearance after the Hammers’ injury problems were compounded when Abdoulaye Faye pulled out in the warm-up.

The rookie defender had only signed his first pro contract earlier in the week, just two years after recovering from leukaemia.

But he shone at left-back as a makeshift Hammers’ defence hung onto Papa Bouba Diop’s early goal to take the points.

“It was a great debut from Pottsy both in defence and in possession,” said Allardyce.

“He has been used to coming and training with the senior players, and of course to perform like that is a great credit to him and his family.”

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