Sam Allardyce comments on West Ham return, reacts to Jermain Defoe's reception

Sam Allardyce Press Conference Disappointed 12/02/2014

Sunderland lost 1-0 to West Ham United this afternoon.

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce has told Sky Sports that he felt striker Jermain Defoe received more stick from West Ham fans this afternoon.

The Black Cats travelled down to East London earlier today to take on West Ham, with the big story leading into the game surrounding Allardyce's return to Upton Park.

'Big Sam' spent four years as Hammers boss before losing his job back in May, but came back to management in October with Sunderland.

With West Ham moving to the Olympic Stadium this summer, this was Allardyce's final trip to Upton Park, and he went home an unhappy man after Michail Antonio's goal gave West Ham all three points in a 1-0 result.

However, Allardyce wasn't the only man making a return to take on his former club West Ham today, as striker Jermain Defoe also faced off against his old side.

The 33-year-old forward started his career with the Hammers before being sold to Tottenham Hotspur in 2004, something many West Ham fans still seemingly haven't forgiven him for, considering the rivalry with Spurs.

After the final whistle today, manager Allardyce told Sky Sports that he thought he was well-received upon his return to West Ham, and even noted that Defoe got more abuse from fans than he did, before admitting that losing was a disappointment.

"Jermain Defoe got more stick than me I think," he added. "But I had four very good years at this club. I've been a part of the history and part of them going to a new stadium as a Premier League club. To come here for the last time, it would have been nice to get a result," he added.

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