Wilkins 'surprised' by West Ham defeat, suggests Allardyce not to blame

Sam Allardyce Press Conference 12/02/2014

Former Chelsea assistant Ray Wilkins said he was surprised by West Ham's heavy defeat against West Brom.

Former Chelsea assistant Ray Wilkins told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT that he was surprised by West Ham’s heavy defeat at West Brom over the weekend.

Sam Allardyce’s side were well beaten, losing 4-0 as the Baggies progressed to the next round, which left Wilkins suggesting West Brom boss Tony Pulis deserved credit for the victory.

“I have to say I was very surprised by that result – Tony (Pulis) does get his teams setup and well organised,” said Wilkins.

The result is a blemish on what has been a good recent run of performances for the Hammers under Sam Allardyce.

The defeat was only the club’s second since they lost their final match of last year at the hands of Arsenal.

It could attract the Hammers boss some negative comments as he aims for a new contract with the club, with his current deal set to expire at the end of the season.

It’s important to note that referee Martin Atkinson reduced West Ham to ten men on the hour mark, but three of the four goals West Brom scored came before that point.

The challenge for Allardyce is to take the criticism on the chin and focus the side on reacting positively against Tottenham this weekend.

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