What the papers say: Vital win for West Ham but Millwall and Charlton stumble

By Rob Virtue on December 2, 2013 9:01 AM |

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Victory for West Ham over lowly Fulham ensured it was Martin Jol who got the sack. The Daily Mirror says that saved Sam Allardyce's job.

It said Big Sam would have been in "pretty much the same position" as his opposite number if West Ham hadn't won.

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The Hammers boss all but admitted so after the game. "I'd been under pressure all week." he said.

"I'd been under pressure since the final whistle went against Chelsea to say to [the players] that the position we're in is unacceptable."

Another relieved man was Carlton Cole, who scored his first goal of the season. The striker, on a short-term contract at Upton Park, now wants to earn a longer stay.

Cole told the Daily Mail: "'I want to stay, of course, and I'm very confident.

"I know the ins and outs of the club. Sometimes change is good but I'm here and have been here for so long - I'd like to stay on."

Meanwhile, Andy Carroll is expected to resume training this week.

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Millwall were undone by rampant Foxes on Saturday.

The Leicester Mercury said the "comprehensive" win was when the hunters became the hunted - because Millwall have been something of a bogey side to the Midlands' team in the past.

The 3-0 defeat for the Lions left Steve Lomas a miserable man.

"I'm very disappointed. We have to play better than this. No one can have any complaints. They were bad, awful goals," he told the Express.

But defender Mark Beevers told the Newsshopper he believed the side would bounce back at home to Nottingham Forest on Tuesday.

"We responded to a big defeat to Derby earlier in the season and we are more than capable of doing the same again," he said.

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Charlton Manager Chris Powell was angry with his side after the 1-0 defeat to Ipswich, especially the early goal they conceded.

"We knew they would start fast and we told the players they would. They scored very early against Leicester last week," he told the Express.

Defender Michael Morrison tipped the strikers to help the side back to winning ways soon, particularly with the attacking threat of Yann Kermorgant and Simon Church.

"Having a partner for Simon, and him being able to link up with somebody rather than being the man doing the dog's work, is vital," Morrison told the Daily Star.

And Church will be hoping he has an impact on his return to former club Reading on Tuesday.

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