Wigan 2 West Ham 1: We weren’t even half-decent, says Allardyce

Wigan 2 West Ham 1: Sam Allardyce criticises the Hammers for a below-par performance at the DW Stadium

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
West Ham

Sam Allardyce criticised West Ham United for a disappointing performance after the Londoners were beaten by Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium.

Iván Ramis gave the Latics an eighth-minute lead when he struck a sensational first-time volley straight from Jean Beausejour’s corner.

Roberto Martínez’s men then made it 2-0 when James McArthur scored from the edge of the area, before James Tomkins netted a late consolation deep into stoppage time.

“It was a bit of a push on Winston Reid for their first goal but it was a brilliant volley,” Allardyce told BBC Sport.

“And they deserved to win. We didn’t play any football today, we didn’t get past half-decent.

“We weren’t good enough to get anything and I’m disappointed our performance has reduced to such a level.

“It wasn’t about Wigan today, it was about us not using the ability we’ve got. We can’t keep giving the ball back to them.”

Meanwhile, Wigan manager Martínez heaped praise on his side for an excellent display which sealed their first home win of the season, reserving special praise for his Spanish defender Ramis.

“We don’t get too many goals from set plays but it was a tremendous finish from Ivan,” Martínez said. “That early goal set the tone of the game and allowed us to control it.

“I really enjoyed the performance. We have been showing flashes of our ability but today we were really good. Our philosophy and way of playing will never change.”


MORE: The latest football transfer news

MORE: Meet the Premier League's most stylish footballers

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

MORE: Take a tour of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s £10m London house

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

ATP Finals 2018
The Sport Review
Nitto ATP Finals 2018: Federer surges through Thiem to keep hopes alive in London
The Sport Review
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
Meet Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s girlfriend Amine Gulse
The Sport Review
Take a tour of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s £10m London house with us
The Sport Review
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Chelsea, Arsenal stars feature – Slideshow
The Sport Review
Meet Chelsea FC star Andreas Christensen’s girlfriend Katrine Friis
The Sport Review
Eden Hazard names former Chelsea FC star key to Stamford Bridge transfer
ATP Finals 2018
The Sport Review
Nitto ATP Finals 2018: Cilic battles past Isner; boosts Djokovic into semis
The Sport Review
Agent: Mesut Ozil rejected ‘crazy’ offers to stay at Arsenal