Allardyce unsurprised by City mauling

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce was not surprised by his side's 6-0

defeat to Manchester City due to the quality of their opponents.

Just three days after being dumped out of

the FA Cup with a 5-0 loss at Nottingham

Forest, West Ham shipped six at the Etihad

Stadium in the first leg of their League Cup

semi-final on Wednesday.

The result leaves the Londoners needing a

miracle to reach the final at Wembley, but

Allardyce claimed there was little his side

could do against the talent that City have in

their ranks.

"We knew that they had to have an off night

and we had to have a really good night from

our point of view," he told Sky Sports.

"Manchester City's finishing was just

outstanding – never mind the build-up play –

and (we have) got a struggling defensive unit

at the moment, because of our injuries.

"We're in a bit of a hole at the moment and

we have to dig ourselves out.

"It's not like they haven't done it to anyone

else. We tried our best but it wasn't good

enough against a side that have outstanding

players because they spend outstanding


Allardyce, who received a vote of confidence

from his co-chairmen following the defeat

to Championship outfit Forest, is without the

likes of Andy Carroll, Winston Reid, James

Tomkins and James Collins due to injury.

And with such absences, Allardyce said he

had little choice but to "take it on the chin".

"Lads who are free transfers were playing

against lads who have been paid hundreds of

hundreds of millions (in transfer fees) and

hundreds of hundreds in wages," he added.

"Sometimes you've got to take it on the

chin. Face the facts – they have got a miles

better squad than us.

"We want our best team out on the field but

we haven't got that at the moment."

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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