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Allardyce furious with Nolan indiscipline

8 December 2013 08:15

Sam Allardyce slammed "irresponsible" West Ham captain Kevin Nolan after he was sent off in Saturday's 4-1 defeat at Liverpool.

Nolan was shown a straight red card seven minutes from time when his side were 3-1 down for a reckless challenge on Jordan Henderson to compound a miserable afternoon for the struggling London club at Anfield.

The midfielder will now face a three-match ban, while winger Stewart Downing (foot) and defender James Tomkins (hamstring) were added to West Ham's lengthy injury list.

The Upton Park club are only out of the relegation zone due to their goal difference and manager Allardyce was furious that he will be unable to call on Nolan for the next three games.

He said: "We had to take James off because he felt his groin. It's getting massively concerning with the players losing their fitness.

"There is nothing we could do about Stewart's injury, but Kevin certainly could have done something about keeping himself on the field.

"It was a very irresponsible action. No matter how frustrated you get, you shouldn't be doing that sort of thing, especially when you're a man of his experience.

"We're all struggling at the minute, but what we can't afford to is lose our confidence and our determination to do the right things.

"It's not so long ago - a week - that we a magnificent performance together to beat Fulham. This time of year, the chances to put things right and win come thick and fast because the games come around and points are won and lost very quickly.

"My problem now lies with the limited amount of players I have available to me next weekend."

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Competition
Premier League
Date
7 December 2013
Game week
15
Kick-off
16:00
Half-time
1 - 0
Full-time
4 - 1
Venue
Anfield (Liverpool)
Attendance
44781

Goals

G. Demel (OG) 42'  
1 - 0
M. Sakho 47'
(assist by S. Gerrard) 
2 - 0
2 - 1
66' M. Škrtel (OG)
L. Suárez 81'
(assist by G. Johnson) 
3 - 1
L. Suárez 84'  
4 - 1

Lineups

# Player Bookings
22
20 42' 82'
3
19 90+1'
5
23
4 82'
16
7
21
11
Coach: S. Allardyce

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
21
12
34
1
6
9
20
# Player Bookings
26 75'
17
14
10
13
18
24

Monday 24 November

Sunday 23 November

23:47
23:26
23:10
22:42
21:05
20:53
20:19
19:56
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19:02
18:54
18:05
17:40
16:42
16:25
16:22
15:32
15:20
14:54
13:42
12:56
12:35
12:31
12:15
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12:01
11:30
11:22
10:41
10:11
08:59
06:30
05:29
05:25
02:38
02:03
00:08
00:02

Saturday 22 November

23:56
23:54
23:35
23:17
23:08
22:52
22:47
22:39
22:16
22:02
21:42
21:40
21:39
21:37
21:32
21:23
21:15
20:45
20:45
20:20
20:16
20:04
20:04
20:01
19:55
19:54
19:54
19:51
19:38
19:31
19:28
19:24
19:21
19:18
19:04
19:02
18:17
18:12
18:09
18:05
18:01
18:00
17:56
17:54
17:29
17:27
16:01
15:05
14:12
14:06
13:58
13:21
12:56
12:28
12:21
11:37
11:29
11:28
10:27
05:30
05:27
03:56
02:15
01:12

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 12 +19 32
2 11 +18 25
3 12 +11 24
4 12 +4 19
5 12 -1 19
6 12 +4 18
7 12 +3 18
8 12 +5 17
9 12 +3 17
10 12 -1 17
11 12 -2 15
12 12 -3 14
13 12 -4 13
14 12 -7 13
15 12 -4 12
16 12 -3 11
17 11 -11 11
18 12 -7 10
19 12 -12 10
20 12 -12 8

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