Allardyce responds to criticism from Tottenham boss Villas-Boas

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has deflected criticism from his Tottenham Hotspur counterpart Andre Villas-Boas over the opposition’s style of play by pointing out every team takes a cautious approach on occasion – including Villas-Boas’ Spurs, Sky Sports has reported.

The Hammers recorded a smash-and-grab 3-0 win at White Hart Lane earlier in the season and the clubs have been drawn to face each other again in the next round of the Capital One Cup. Tottenham reached the competition’s quarter-finals by beating Hull for the second time in a couple of days and afterwards, Villas-Boas was critical of the defensive nature of the Tigers.

But Allardyce said: “They do the same – you might say – when they play away in Europe, they’ll play the same way,” adding: “Chelsea will go to Schalke and play on the break, Manchester United will go to Bayern Munich and play the same way.

They all play that way themselves, so they can’t really criticise a team that comes to them and sits behind the ball. To hear a manager moaning about that! He should really watch what he’s saying because when he does it he wants to get some praise for it if he ends up winning,” Allardyce told Sky Sports News.

West Ham are currently 15th in the Premier League table and take on Aston Villa on Saturday, with a win enough to lift the London club over their Midlands opponents.

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