Allardyce: I’m just as frustrated as the West Ham fans

The Hammers slipped to their third straight Premier League defeat after losing to Crystal Palace and the 59-year-old admits his side paid the price for their "miserable" finishing
Sam Allardyce admits he is just as frustrated as the West Ham fans after the club slipped to their third straight defeat on Saturday.

Crystal Palace registered a 1-0 win at Upton Park - their fifth consecutive victory in the Premier League - while West Ham fans jeered the team’s performance in the second half and booed Allardyce’s decision to replace Matt Jarvis with Carlton Cole after 70 minutes.

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“I always have sympathy [with the fans] by the fact is that I’m as frustrated as they are and I don’t want to see my team lose, particularly when we’re playing at home,” said Allardyce.

The West Ham manager also believes his side should have been awarded a penalty in the first half for a foul on Andy Carroll but concedes a toothless display in front of goal contributed to his side’s loss.

“We think Andy was fouled in the first half in the box by Scott Dann, I think it was,” said Allardyce.

“Of course, looking at that it looks lie a blatant penalty to me. Quite why Martin [Atkinson] didn’t give it, because he seemed to be in a vey good position.

“We were pretty miserable in our finishing. Not even making the goalkeeper make more saves than he actually did was, apart from the penalty we gave away, my big disappointment.

“Our finishing failed us. Perhaps the referee failed us on the Andy Carroll foul. In the end, Pablo [Armero] shouldn’t have given the penalty away, it was a silly challenge, and we paid a high price for that.”