Sam Allardyce has hit out at West Ham’s fringe players after a multitude of “howling errors” and “rubbish" defending led to a 4-1 defeat at home to Wigan, which knocked the team out of the League Cup.
James Tomkins, George McCartney and Jordan Spence were all given the opportunity to impress in a much-changed back four from the team which had lost just once in their last six outings.
However, the performances failed to convince the Hammers boss, who highlighted the poor performance of his side’s defence in particular.
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"We couldn't defend a fish supper tonight,'' Allardyce is quoted as saying by Sky Sports. ''There were howling errors from our defenders in all four goals, it was comical.
''I never expected us to defend so poorly. It was really poor defending and all the good work we might have done with the ball meant nothing in the end because out of possession we were just rubbish.'
And Allardyce was keen to stress to those liable that they will have to wait patiently for another first-team opportunity after such an “embarrassing defeat”.
''I made lots of changes to see what the squad looks like and what some of the young ones are doing,” he continued.
“They are doing well in the under-21s league but, unfortunately, from 15 minutes onwards they weren't good enough and in the end we have got beat 4-1. It was very disappointing for me to sit there and watch that.
''It was an embarrassing defeat. They can't come knocking on my door about not playing now. They've got to take responsibility for their performance.
''They should have given me a lot more value for my money than they did.''