Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

Allardyce slams West Ham fans for jeers after Hull win

WEST HAM 2 - HULL CITY 1

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce came under fire from the home fans – despite victory over Hull.

The Hammers moved nine points clear of the drop zone, but that wasn't enough to appease the Upton Park support.

"I started at 16, got into the first team at 18 and I'm 59 now and I have never been in place where we have won and got booed," said Allardyce.

"At half-time players were talking more about fans booing them than the game.

"Fans affect players. We don't need them on the players' backs when we are coming off three defeats. They have to stay and help them win.

"They are frustrated. I get frustrated. I want the players to play better.

"People are organised, wait for an opportunity to suck you in and expose you, even with 10 men. It's not an easy task and we should all be very grateful."

Visiting goalkeeper Allan McGregor was shown a straight red card – the first keeper in almost a decade to be sent off twice in a Premier League season – after charging into Mo Diame, with Mark Noble dispatching the resulting penalty to set West Ham on course for their first Barclays Premier League win since February 22.

But Steve Bruce's Hull did not lie down without a fight and made a good first of getting something out of the game, with Nikica Jelavic scoring his fourth goal for the club before a James Chester own goal to gift the Hammers a much-needed three points.

The equaliser came in fortuitous circumstances as Huddlestone's driven free-kick deflected off Jelavic and flew past the wrong-footed Adrian.

But if Hull's goal had a hint of luck, they had used their quota for the evening as a Guy Demel cross hit Chester's knee and looped over his own goalkeeper to put West Ham back in front just six minutes after Jelavic's leveller.

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