Reading 1 West Ham 0: We shot ourselves in the foot – Sam Allardyce

Reading 1 West Ham 0: Sam Allardyce admits the Hammers shot themselves in the foot after narrowly losing at Madejski Stadium

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
West Ham

Sam Allardyce admitted West Ham United “shot themselves in the foot” after Pavel Pogrebnyak’s first-half strike sealed a rare victory for Reading at the Madejski Stadium.

The Royals, who remain in 19th position in the Premier League, took an early lead when Pogrebnyak intercepted James Collins’ poor back-pass and finished past Jussi Jaaskelainen.

The Hammers had chances to level, with Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici denying Collins before Ricardo Vaz Te missed a simple header from close range in the dying moments of the game.

“We shot ourselves in the foot from the early stages,” Allardyce told BBC Sport.

“James Collins has been solid for us this season but he made a basic error and they took full advantage. Reading defended deep in numbers and Vaz has missed a glaring, glaring chance and two errors mean we have not taken any points against them.

“We are slipping back down that way now and that is going to put pressure on us. We should have undone our early error but Vaz has missed it.

“We are bitterly disappointed not to come away with a point and now we are without James [Collins] and Kevin [Nolan] through suspension for an important game against Norwich.”

Reading manager Brian McDermott heaped praise on his side for producing a determined performance to secure just their second Premier League victory of the season.

“I’m very pleased,” McDermott added.

“We were very resilient today and we needed to be. We know what we have to do to get results in this league and we move on now and look forward to our next game against Spurs.

“We had to deal with facing a very physical side and we have kept another clean sheet. I didn’t feel they had too many opportunities. Pavel took his chance very well and we’ve also hit the bar.

“A couple of their players could have been sent off and you saw two teams desperate to win out there.”

MORE: Arsenal, Chelsea, Man United and Liverpool stars among players out of contract in 2018

MORE: Seven reasons why Chelsea must keep Cesc Fabregas

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Back to The Sport Review homepage

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

The Sport Review
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Arsenal, Man United, Chelsea, Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 25 Muslim football players in Premier League: Arsenal, Liverpool, Man United and Chelsea stars feature
The Sport Review
Arsenal WAGs 2017: Meet Granit Xhaka, Shkodran Mustafi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s wives and girlfriends
The Sport Review
Roberto Firmino: 25 photos of the Liverpool forward’s stunning wife
The Sport Review
Top 40 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
Arsenal, Chelsea, Man United and Liverpool stars among 16 players out of contract in 2018
The Sport Review
French Open 2017: Aljaz Bedene scores first British win, but looming Nadal opens No10 campaign
The Sport Review
Ian Wright: This Arsenal star gets a lot of abuse, I’m delighted for him
The Sport Review
At an ‘evergreen’ Roland Garros, Schiavone bows out—but maybe not for the last time