West Ham boss slams ‘pathetic’ Hammers as same old problems surface at Aston Villa

PUBLISHED: 18:42 09 May 2015 | UPDATED: 19:07 09 May 2015

Tim Sherwood manager of Aston Villa signals and Sam Allardyce manager West Ham United looks on  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Tim Sherwood manager of Aston Villa signals and Sam Allardyce manager West Ham United looks on (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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West Ham manager Sam Allardyce was unhappy with his teams’ play at both ends of the pitch as they lost to Aston Villa 1-0 on Saturday afternoon.

The East Enders were undone by a Tom Cleverley tap in, with defending which Allardyce described as ‘pathetic’.

The lack of goals down the other end has been their real issue though, and Allardyce claims that is the reason for yet another bad result.

“For a number of weeks now we have tried and tried and tried to find the goals you need and we can’t find them. Simple as that,” he said.

“Whatever we do, whatever chances we create, none of our players seem to convert them into goals. Because of that life is extremely difficult.

“Our last two goals were an Aaron Cresswell free-kick and a Mark Noble penalty. We failed in front of goal and because of that we end up losing the game 1-0.

“In saying all that, I think Enner Valencia’s header is a goal. The assistant referee is in no position to give a decision one way or the other. He is four yards in the wrong position so he guesses. I find that rather difficult to take.”

But Allardyce praised his makeshift defence for keeping the Hammers in touching distance, adding: “I did think we were pathetic with the way we let the goal in, but considering we have James Tomkins and Winston Reid out Ginge (James Collins) and Reece Burke have done a fantastic job.”

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