Sam Allardyce comments on disagreement between Tomkins and Noble

Sam Allardyce Press Conference 12/02/2014

Allardyce addressed the media ahead of this weekend's Premier League clash with Hull City.

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce was asked at his press conference about the disagreement on display between midfielder Mark Noble and defender James Tomkins during the FA Cup third round replay against Everton on Tuesday night. 

Though the Hammers eventually made it through to book a fourth round tie against Bristol City courtesy of a 9-8 win on penalties, the side were made to work for it and were left frustrated during the game as Everton equalised in the last 10 minutes of normal time, before hitting the front in the early stages of extra time. 

Tomkins and Noble almost came to blows on the field as they took their frustration out on each other, but Big Sam played down the heated exchange between the duo.

He told reporters: "I think you have to be careful in today's world, where people frown upon something which, let's face it, was just a scuffle. If it was in rugby it would be laughable, but in football it goes almost as far as should they get banned?

"It was a disagreement between two players, the emotion of the evening was very high and they had a little bit of a scuffle. They are two lads who have grown up together at West Ham, are West Ham through and through and that'll be the end of it. They've probably had a laugh and a joke about it the last couple of days."

Ahead of this weekend's game with Hull City, Allardyce said that Winston Reid and Guy Demel have returned to training and could be available for this weekend's game at the Boleyn Ground.

With regards to Reid's future, with his contract expiring at the end of the season, there appears to be no movement on the New Zealander's situation. 

Allardyce added: "I've had no conversation with the Chairmen regarding any progress on that one way or another, so his situation stays the same."

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