Sam Allardyce doesn’t believe his West Ham side deserved to lose 4-1 to Liverpool on Saturday, but admitted his players failed to recover from Guy Demel’s own goal.
The Hammers had kept the Reds – buoyant after a 5-1 trouncing of Norwich in midweek – at arm’s length during the first period, before Demel put into his own net three minutes before half-time.
Mamadou Sakho quickly made it 2-0 early in the second half and, although West Ham reduced the arrears through a Martin Sktrel own goal, Liverpool kicked on again to run out convincing winners.
“I think we showed in the first half that we didn’t deserve to be 1-0 down.” said the Hammers boss.
“The game at this level is 90-95 minutes long not 45. For me we didn’t recover from that [second] goal going into the start of the second half and that was the disappointing thing.
“We could have taken a lot of encouragement from the first half and the chance from Modibo Maiga that was well saved [by Simon Mignolet] is one you want to go in when you come to the big boys. But I couldn’t criticise as it was a super save off a very good header.
“The second goal killed us for a while, got Liverpool right up for it.”
The visitors’ cause wasn’t helped by skipper Kevin Nolan being sent off for raking his studs down the achilles of Jordan Henderson late on, while Allardyce was unhappy with Jon Flanagan’s tackle on Stewart Downing – which meant the former Liverpool winger was taken to hospital.
“Kevin Nolan shouldn’t have lost his cool but obviously he did and Stewart Downing is in hospital having his achilles and calf stitched up from a nasty challenge from Flanagan,” Allardyce said.
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