Sam Allardyce reacts to West Ham United’s draw v Everton in FA Cup

Sam Allardyce

Sam Allardyce rues West Ham United’s failure to defeat Everton in the third round of the FA Cup at Goodison Park.

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has said that his side should have defended better against Everton today.

The Hammers played out a 1-1 draw with their Premier League rivals in the third round of the FA Cup at Goodison Park.

Defender James Collins put West Ham in the lead with a powerful header in the 56th minute, but Belgium international Lukaku restored parity late on.

Allardyce was less than impressed with his team’s defending and told BT Sport: "We could have done an awful lot better.

“We got a bit desperate and instead of defending properly we let Bryan Oviedo in and he is very lucky with the cross. It ends up with Romelu Lukaku but we could have done better and defended like we've been defending.

"It is very disappointing when it is so late in the game. Had Enner Valencia put a free header in the net it would have clinched it and you would expect a player of his quality to do that.

“It is never an easy place to come but we were more than a match for Everton. We've had our pocket picked. We are disappointed to lose a goal in injury time.

“I'm satisfied with the overall effort of the players but if you don't punish your opponents when you have the chance it comes back to bite you. We're still in the hat for the fourth-round and now we will have to finish the job at home.”

West Ham will host the replay next week. The Hammers are back in action on Saturday, when they face Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium in the Premier League.

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