Sunday, 18 March 2012
Allardyce Sees The Positives & Dismisses Reading
Speaking after the salvaged point at Leeds, Allardyce was in bullish mood, telling journalists:
"We are third in the table and at this stage of the season you have to be pleased with that. I took over a team that finished bottom of the table last season so being third from top has to be seen as outstanding progress. I've also had a huge turnover of players during that time so I don't think anybody can be surprised that we are still trying to fit the parts of the team together. Bolton wasn't built in a day."
"We have to be pleased with the goal we scored too. We work hard on set pieces and it's always good to see one end up in the onion bag. We are also pleased with the number of times we got the ball into the opposition's penalty box. We word hard on that too. Over the summer, when we have the time, we will also be working on getting one or two of our players into the box at the same time as the ball."
"It's disappointing that Reading and Southampton won again but that's not in our control is it? I was pleased Reading scored four in the one game actually. That was a waste and unnecessary. As it turned out one would have been enough so what's the point in netting another three? We talk a lot on the training field about doing what's necessary. Reading could regret using up four goals in the one game if the next match ends up 0-0 or 1-1. Like we did after the Blackpool game. I warned the boys after that game that I didn't want us scoring unnecessary goals again. Every one should count. Goals are precious in football and shouldn't be chucked around like confetti at a wedding. If Reading are going to be that profligate, I can't see them staying the course."
"Of course we would have liked a win ourselves but at the end of the day you have to be pleased with a point and with keeping Leeds down to one goal. We lost James Tomkins at half time and that was a big blow and we were without Vaz Te and a couple of others too. Injuries take their toll."
"So in the circumstances it was a brilliant result, the best result of the day in the division after you take everything into account. We are unbeaten in eight now. You have to be pleased with that and if we can remain unbeaten between now and the end of the season you'd have to call that success, no matter where we finish in the table. I took over a team that didn't know how to win a game and I've built a team that doesn't know how to lose. I think we have to be very pleased with that, very pleased indeed."
Posted by Hammersfan at 00:59