West Ham 3 West Brom 3: Allardyce praises Hammers’ fighting spirit
West Ham 3 West Brom 3: Sam Allardyce praises the Hammers for showing fighting spirit to come from behind and secure a point
Sam Allardyce praised West Ham United’s fighting spirit after the Hammers came from behind to secure a point against West Bromwich Albion at Upton Park.
The Hammers took the lead through veteran midfielder Joe Cole before former Chelsea forward Nicolas Anelka netted a quick-fire double before half-time.
We showed great fighting spirit in the second half
Modibo Maiga and Kevin Nolan helped the Hammers rally and head into the final 23 minutes with a slender lead but Baggies forward Saido Berahino equalised with a brilliant low strike in the 69th minute.
“The game was very frustrating,” Allardyce told BBC Sport.
“There is a reason why that happened, none of our centre-backs are fit. Losing James Tomkins was a big blow for us.
“Our coping mechanism was playing four full-backs across the back four. That has cost us three points.
“They did their very best but got caught out. We didn’t have enough aerial threat defending corners.”
He added: “We showed great fighting spirit in the second half. We have had two games in 48 hours. We practice on the training ground how to hold onto leads.
“But the players forgot how to deal with West Brom’s kick-off and stop them scoring. You can blame anxiety or fatigue, but you can’t forget how to deal with them.”