Despondent Allardyce singles out one huge positive after West Ham loss

Sam Allardyce Press Conference Disappointed 12/02/2014

The West Ham boss was reflecting on a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Everton.

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce was despondent after his side's 2-1 loss to Everton on Saturday afternoon, according to the club's official website.

And why wouldn't he be? Allardyce's contract is up at the end of the season and his team have now won just three games out of 20 in the Premier League.

During this one, the Hammers actually had the lead against Everton after a great goal from Stewart Downing. They let things slip, however, and it was yet more misery for West Ham.

Allardyce was forthright about his side's disappointing performance in his post-match interview - but he did single out one huge positive.

Indeed, Big Sam once again heaped praise on young West Ham defender Reece Burke. The 18-year-old was up against Everton's Romelu Lukaku and produced what Allardyce saw as a 'fantastic performance.' And he has a 'real future' with the east London side, he says. 

The 60-year-old told West Ham TV: “We got the goal, a brilliant goal it was too from Stewart, and a fantastic performance from Reece Burke coming on as a substitute again.

"He is 18-years-old and he’s really disappointed that we’ve lost, but put in a really good performance against Lukaku, who is one of the strongest and most difficult opponents you can play against in this league.

“I know you can look at the last goal and say who should have done what, maybe, but at the end of the day he has real future at West Ham."

The Hammers finish their Premier League campaign against Newcastle United - Allardyce's former employers.

Everton, meanwhile, who are ending their season in stark contrast to how they began it, host Tottenham Hotspur in their last game.

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