Angry Sam Allardyce is facing touchline ban

19 Dec
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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