West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has said the Upton Park crowd was within its rights to boo the team off the pitch after seeing a 3-0 home defeat to Chelsea in the Premier League’s Saturday evening fixture, Sky
A Frank Lampard brace either side of an Oscar effort condemned the Hammers to a sixth league defeat of the season, with the East London club claiming only two victories to counterbalance the losses. West Ham are 17th after the loss, level on points with Fulham, who hold the final place in the relegation zone.
“If they (the supporters) don’t see the sort of determination and passion and desire they think they should get they show their disapproval,” Allardyce said. “I thought the players tried as hard as they can, but they’re playing with a bit of fear at the minute. And that makes them look like they’re not playing with the passion that is normally seen.”
Allardyce added that he is firmly of the belief that life is more difficult for teams at the bottom of the table than the top ahead of a London derby with Fulham that is now infused with a relegation battle as well. “It’s much greater pressure because it’s all about ‘relegation this’, ‘relegation threatened that’, all the money you lose,” he argued.
“That becomes a constant flea in the players’ ear,” Allardyce continued. “They’ve got to dismiss all that, keep a clear mind, keep a clear head and focus on playing how they know they can play.
“It’s my job to pick the players up and remind them about previous performances we’ve had home and away this year, make sure we get to that level and stop those fears creeping in.”
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