Fulham 2 West Ham 1: Sam Allardyce criticises ‘irresponsible’ Kevin Nolan
Fulham 2 West Ham 1: Sam Allardyce crticises "irresponsible" Kevin Nolan after the Hammers skipper was sent off
Sam Allardyce branded Kevin Nolan as “irresponsible” after West Ham United skipper was sent off in their loss at Fulham.
The Hammers, who are currently 19th in the Premier League table, had taken an early first-half lead at Craven Cottage courtesy of Mo Diame’s strike.
He’s let everyone down and himself. That was a turning point
Fulham midfielder Steve Sidwell equalised in the 32nd minute before Nolan was issued with his marching orders after kicking Fulham defender Fernando Amorebieta off the ball.
The skipper’s sending off handed the home side the initiative, and former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov scored a 66th-minute winner which lifted the Cottagers out of the drop zone.
And Allardyce felt Nolan’s red card was the turning point in the London derby.
“Our captain was irresponsible today – not just for today but for the future because he
is suspended,” Allardyce told BBC Sport.
“He’s let everyone down and himself. That was a turning point.
“Kevin is an experienced player and I’m surprised because he had a silly challenge at Liverpool. That’s two in the space of the month now. It’s not something I will allow to happen.
“We have to rally round now. We only have a few players to select from so losing Kevin and Mark Noble, who is injured, is a massive blow.”