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Allardyce Regrets Missed Opportunities

14 January 2017

Sam Allardyce believed the biggest difference between Palace and West Ham United was the fact that the hosts took their chances when they were on top as they claimed a 3-0 win against the Eagles.

The scoreline flattered the hosts somewhat who had been on the back foot for the majority of the first 45 minutes at the London Stadium, but a devastating spell in the final 20 minutes saw them net three times to leave Allardyce still searching for his first win as manager.

In his post-match press conference, he talked about a number of topics, including:

The game: “I felt we were in complete control in the first half and up to 70 minutes Wayne Hennessey hadn’t made a save – in the first half the only attempt at goal was Andy Carroll’s volley over the bar. They were very good in the last 20 minutes but on the day they weren’t that great, but they were better than us because they beat us. We couldn’t score when we were in the ascendancy, and they scored three when they got on top of us.

“Some of our performances in periods are very good, but when we don’t have such a good period we don’t keep the opposition out. Once we gifted them the first goal we lost our shape and our discipline and we started making more mistakes, and out of those West Ham ended up scoring three. I didn’t feel like we would collapse like we did, so it’s a bit of a shock to me.”

Fragile confidence: “The capabilities of not losing are the most important thing to get out of trouble and we don’t have that; it’s the first thing that we have to put right when you come into a struggling team and try to put points on the board in every game that you can. At the moment we don’t know how to get that result, just a draw may lead to a few wins from there.”

Assessment of his squad: “I think it’s tough for us at the minute because I’m still finding out about the players that are already here, and they’re making statements to me by the fact that results still aren’t good enough, and we’ve not managed to turn that around in this short period of time which is disappointing for me.” 

Transfer window: “Money can buy better players but it’s about coaching the ugly side of the game and that’s what wins you games and give you a platform to win by keeping the opposition out and being determined enough. We’ve all got to be more resilient. 

“The window is tough this year because players are going to look at us and ask themselves if they want to go to Crystal Palace for a relegation battle. Those that we can secure we have to make sure they’re good enough, and then handle the prices which is probably the biggest difficulty in this window. For me it’s not just about new players, it’s about understanding these players better and helping to get them better to help us out.”

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