West Ham: Allardyce in jibe at Mourinho by praising '21st century defending'

By Rob Virtue on February 1, 2014 5:02 PM |


Sam Allardyce said his side just can't win a game without any incidents happening to them, after Andy Carroll was sent off in a 2-0 victory over a goal shy Swansea City side.

Spanish centre half, Chico Flores was at the centre of Carroll's dismissal as he went down theatrically after an aerial duel with the England international.

Speaking after the early kick-off on Saturday, Allardyce said: "It's the reaction of the player that makes life extremely difficult for the referee. It's very harsh, but I can understand why its given, on the fact that he must of thought the arm has smashed him in the face and we all know it hasn't.

"I'm glad it hasn't cost us anything through his actions, but our brilliant 21st century defending by our players. Swansea didn't have a shot on target nearly all game.

"We got quality finishing today which is something we've been striving for on a consistent basis. We clawed our way out of the bottom three and we keep doing it the hard way."

Allardyce's '21st century' defending was a nod to Jose Mourinho's criticism of West Ham's '19th Century football' in the Hammer's goalless draw with Chelsea in midweek.

The West ham manager was just as delighted with the win against Swansea as the miracle at Stamford Bridge.

However, he admits he would have much rather done without the controversy of the Carroll sending off.

Big Sam added "We haven't had any injuries, but we've had one sent off again, like we did at Cardiff. It would just be nice to win a game of football without any injures or players getting sent off for a change. It's a great result for us and it's taken a bit of pressure off us.

"We will appeal that red card. He (Chico Flores) did it last year against us at the Liberty Stadium and squealed. It's not the right reaction, but he's not my player, he's Michael (Laudrup's) player.

"It's for him to sort out, not me. Unfortunately for us, Andy's been sent off and we will appeal it. All I can hope is the panel, in the cold light of day see it for what it is."

Two goals from Kevin Nolan gave the Hammers victory against Swansea.

Their next game is away at Aston Villa before a midweek tie against Norwich City. The Boleyn Ground side round off January at home against Southampton.

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