West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has said that he does not expect to be under pressure of being sacked despite an opening day defeat to rivals Tottenham, Sky
Having come under pressure towards the end of last season and over the summer, Allardyce was asked to implement a more attacking style to West Ham, and has gone on to sign several players during the transfer window.
The Hammers dominated much of the first half on Saturday and won a penalty when Kevin Nolan’s close range shot was blocked by the instinctive hands of Kyle Naughton, who was sent off. However, Mark Noble rolled his spot-kick wide, and the hosts struggled to make a breakthrough.
They were then reduced to 10 men themselves on 63 minutes when James Collins was shown his second yellow card, and after chances came and went for both sides, Harry Kane’s pass found Spurs debutant Eric Dier, who rounded Adrian to score the last-gasp winner.
After the game, when asked about the possibility of him being sacked, Allardyce said: “If they’re going to do it after one game, they might as well have done it at the end of last season. Why wait until now? Why do the whole pre-season we’ve done, create what we’ve tried to create and buy what we’ve tried to buy under my stewardship and then do it after one game?”
On the match itself, he added: “I truly believe had it stayed 11 v 10, we would have eventually broken Tottenham’s resilient defence down. I thought we played some excellent football. Their goal coming right in the last minute was a bitter blow to us.”
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