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Allardyce admits West Ham got lucky

Sam Allardyce © Reuters Images

22 January 2012, 14:55

 

Sam Allardyce admits West Ham rode their luck as two Mark Noble penalties sent his side to the top of the Championship in a 2-1 win over former European champions Nottingham Forest.

Allardyce’s team took advantage of Southampton’s inactivity to secure a third successive win and move three points clear of the Saints ahead of their promotion rivals’ clash with Leicester on Monday.

But struggling Forest, who scored an injury-time consolation through Lewis McGugan, felt harshly treated by referee Tony Bates and his assistants and Allardyce conceded they could have had a case.

Bates ruled Guy Moussi to have handled a Jack Collison cross from point-blank range in first-half stoppage time, and then penalised Chris Gunter for handball after an hour.

“We went ahead through probably quite a fortunate penalty, but you have to be professional and dispose of it when you get the opportunity,” Allardyce said.

“It was not the best of days but when you can dig a win out it shows the resilience of the players.

“We can look at the table and see we are three points ahead of Southampton, which is where we want to be.”

Southampton will regain top spot on goal difference if they beat Leicester.

Cardiff manager Malky Mackay was impressed with his players’ battling qualities as the third-placed Bluebirds clinched a dramatic 3-2 win at home to Portsmouth.

Kenny Miller put Cardiff in front from Peter Whittingham’s cross in the 15th minute, but the hosts fell behind to goals from Marko Futacs and Greg Halford as Pompey threatened just a second win in 13 away league games.

However, Mark Hudson levelled for Cardiff in the second half and Craig Conway netted the winner in injury time to extend their unbeaten run to five matches.

“It was a well-deserved victory. The first 35 minutes was some of the best stuff we’ve played for a while,” Mackay said.

“Portsmouth are a big, physical team and we knew they would cause us problems from set-pieces.

“But we kept believing and playing and I was absolutely delighted with the mentality of the players.”

Hull are up to fifth, behind Middlesbrough on goals scored alone, after beating Reading 1-0 at the Madejski Stadium as Robbie Brady netted the only goal in the 66th minute.

Middlesbrough have now gone four league games without a win after they slumped to a 3-1 defeat at bottom club Coventry.

In-form Birmingham moved above Reading into the play-off places with a 3-0 home win over Watford.

Curtis Davies scored a headed double and Chris Burke made sure of the win with nine minutes to go to take Blues’ unbeaten league run to six.

“It is a nice feeling to be in the top six,” Blues boss Chris Hughton said. “We now want to enjoy being in the top six and we want to stay there. We are where we are on merit.”

Elsewhere, Bristol City boosted their bid to avoid relegation with a 2-1 home win over second-bottom Doncaster.

Darius Henderson hit a hat-trick as struggling Millwall enjoyed a 3-1 win at Barnsley.

Blackpool scored twice in the last five minutes to beat Crystal Palace 2-1 at Bloomfield Road, Leeds won 3-1 against Ipswich, Brighton defeated Peterborough 2-1 and Derby drew 0-0 with Burnley.

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

West ham-Forest Statistics

West Ham  2 – Forest 1

Championshp

Upton Park

21/01/12

Attendance: 15:00

Referee: T.Bates

West Ham
2 – 1
Forest
Noble (pen 45+3 & pen 63)
McGugan (90+3)
Venue: Upton Park
Attendance: 31,718
The Teams
Green
Camp
McCartney
Cunningham
23
Reid
Morgan
Tomkins
Gunter
Faubert
Lynch
Nolan
McGugan
Collison
Greening
56
Noble
Moussi
Diop
45
McCleary
Baldock
79
Harewood
73
Cole
85
Tudgay
Substitutes
Faye
Darlow
Lansbury
45
Anderson
23
Carew
Reid
Piquionne
85
Miller
73
Hall
79
Blackstock
56
Game Statistics
10
Goal Attempts
9
5
On Target
5
14
Corners
7
4
Fouls
7
1
Yellow Cards
0
0
Red Cards
0
52
%
48

Read more: http://www.westham.vitalfootball.co.uk/stats.asp?a=270008#ixzz1kB3cxyCM

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Big Sam happy with Forest points

Source:WHUFC
The manager was in positive mood after watching his team go top of the npower Championship table
 21.01.2012

Sam Allardyce was all smiles after watching his West Ham United team go top of the npower Championship table for the first time this season.

Mark Noble converted two penalties – his fifth and sixth successful spot-kicks of the campaign – as the Hammers beat Nottingham Forest 2-1 at the Boleyn Ground.

Big Sam was happy to see his side pick up their third successive league victory, despite the manager admitting they had not played their best football in overcoming the struggling Reds.

“For me, I think the first penalty was quite fortunate,” said the manager. “We got two penalties and we’ve got to be professional to dispose of the opposition when we get the opportunity and I think they just settled us down a bit.

“It wasn’t our best of games today and when you can drag one out when you’re not on your best day and not on your best form it shows the resilience and the commitment of the players. All good teams at the top have to win a game when they don’t play at their best and we’ve done that today.

“We’re disappointed in our performance but we are very delighted that we won another very valuable three points. Of course it brings us three wins on the trot again and we’re back on a winning streak, as it were.”

Big Sam was also delighted with the news that the ever-impressive James Tomkins has signed a new contract that will keep him at the club until at least 2016. The Basildon-born defender put pen to paper on the deal ahead of the game, with the news relayed to the Boleyn Ground ahead of kick-off

“It’s great that James Tomkins has decided to sign a new contract with us and he’s been really good for us and really consistent this season.”

While Southampton will have the chance to knock the Hammers of their perch when they host Leicester City on Monday evening, BIg Sam insisted that everything at the club is pointing in the right direction.

“More players are coming back from injuries and being available for selection and it’s ten days before we play our next game now so I think it was important that we did win this one. As hard as we made it for ourselves, we have won it.

“Tomorrow it’s three points when we look at the table and we’re three points ahead of Southampton and we’re where we wanted to be at the end of today’s game. We haven’t done it how we wanted to but we’ve done it.”

While the first half was largely disappointing, Noble’s added-time penalty aside, the second half was a more enjoyable 45 minutes for West Ham’s players, management and supporters.

When Noble slotted home his second spot-kick on 63 minutes, the home team visibly relaxed and began to knock the ball around in confident fashion. Indeed, Jack Collison missed two presentable chances and Henri Lansbury saw a rasping half-volley turned over the crossbar by Lee Camp.

Forest winger Lewis McGugan did net a 30-yard special in the dying seconds, but it was nothing more than a consolation for Steve Cotterill’s men.

“We created more chances in the second half but so did Forest,” admitted Big Sam. “It’s clear that their problem is the fact that their team can create chances but they just can’t finish them.

“They had two super, super chances on Tuesday against Leicester [in a 4-0 FA Cup defeat] and they missed both of them and again they missed good chances today so perhaps we’re slightly fortunate playing a team like Forest who have struggled to finish chances when created.

“In the end we’ve gotten a very, very valuable three points which takes us to the top of the league for the first time.”

With his team now out of action until they travel to Ipswich Town on 31 January, the manager said he would be working the transfer market to try to add reinforcements. At the same time, he hopes a number of injured players will be ready to feature at Portman Road.

“It is ten days before our next game and we’ll keep searching for new players if we can but we’ve now got Matt Taylor back and Guy Demel is coming back. Papa Bouba Diop picked up a thigh injury today but there’s ten days so he can recover.

“Robert Hall came on for 20 minutes or so and we saw him at Sheffield Wednesday so we know we’ve got a good young player in our midst with plenty of ability so we can develop him as well as Dan Potts.

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

West Ham v Nottm Forest reaction

source: Talksport

Noble: Scores his first penalty

Noble: Scores his first penalty

 

Sam Allardyce admitted West Ham got lucky on their way to the top of the Championship.

Two controversial Mark Noble penalties were enough to sink Nottingham Forest 2-1 and send the Hammers above Southampton, who do not play until Monday.

The pre-season promotion favourites are now at the summit for the first time this term but they got a helping hand from referee Tony Bates and his eagle-eyed assistants.

Bates harshly adjudged Guy Moussi to have handled a Jack Collison cross from point-blank range in first-half stoppage time, and then penalised Chris Gunter for handball after an hour.

Upton Park boss Allardyce said: “We went ahead through probably quite a fortunate penalty, but you have to be professional and dispose of it when you get the opportunity.

“It was not the best of days but when you can dig a win out it shows the resilience of the players.

“As much as we are disappointed with our performance we are delighted with three points. It brings us to three wins on the trot and keeps up our winning streak.

“We can look at the table and see we are three points ahead of Southampton, which is where we want to be.”

Forest manager Steve Cotterill was, predictably, unimpressed with the penalty decisions which enabled Noble to take his tally for the season to six.

It was all the more frustrating for Cotterill as his side had looked by far the more likely to open the scoring against a strangely subdued West Ham.

Paul Anderson missed their best chance when he failed to connect with Lewis McGugan’s cross with the goal gaping.

“It probably sums up how it’s been since I’ve been here, we could have been two or three up before the alleged penalty was given,” he said.

“It’s blatantly not a penalty.

“I can see why he has given the second one, Gunter’s arm is up, but it must have hit the hairs on his arm because the ball doesn’t deviate.

“The linesman has done well to see that one, for sure.”

Forest’s endeavour was eventually rewarded by a superb 30-yard consolation from McGugan, which came deep into stoppage time.

But it is Allardyce who still needs a goalscorer urgently, with Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic his latest target.

“We have enquired in terms of his availability as far as I am concerned, but in terms of a bid that’s not my department,” he added.

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2012 in Uncategorized