Allardyce: These groups have learnt some harsh lessons at West Ham

Sam Allardyce Press Conference Disappointed 12/02/2014

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce feels the younger players and the foreigners at the club have leart some harsh lessons this season.

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has revealed on the club’s website, the two groups in his squad he feels have learnt some harsh lessons this season.

Allardyce has been left continuously frustrated this year by the club’s inability to see out situations late in games, which has cost the side points, which would have left the club in a higher league position.

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku scored in the final minute to secure a 2-1 win for his side over the weekend in what has become a very familiar story for the Hammers.

“We’ve come crashing down and realised the level we are playing at and the mistakes you can’t make because they will be punished,” said the boss.

“There have been some hard lessons learned by the players – especially the younger players and the players who have joined us from abroad.”

The younger players who have formed part of the squad this season would have learnt that it’s not possible to switch off at any point in a Premier League game.

They need to concentrate until the referee blows up for the end of the game, because plenty of teams have individuals who have shown that the club can be hurt late on.

The main lesson that the foreign players would have learnt is that the Premier League is an intense division where there is no let-up in terms of quality.

It’s a rare league in the respect that any team can beat another in any game and the superb fitness levels at most clubs means the intensity of matches runs deep into added time after the full 90 minutes are up.

West Ham are safe and hopefully they can learn their lesson moving forward.

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