All is explained! Those of us wondering why we were not more positive after the sending off now have our answer. Quoted on the Official Site, Doctor Evil explains, "Then, of course, the game changed completely when WE went down to ten men".
So, there you have it, poor Sam was confused! He thought WE were a man short! It's probably because Nolan was absent without leave on the pitch again. Allardyce saw the red card, then counted the West Ham players trying to get on the ball and put in challenges and could only count ten!
I understand where he was coming from. Against Reading, I couldn't remember who our tenth player was after the sending off of O'Brien. It was only when Nolan touched the ball ten minutes later that I remembered he was on the pitch!
I take back all my criticism. Allardyce set out his stall as if we were a man short; so that explains everything!