Friday, April 24
Big Sam lays into the players
Sam Allardyce has used his Evening Standard column to criticise the players. He's noticed what we all spotted, that the work rate and desire against Stoke and Man City just wasn't good enough.
Big Sam writes: "The bottom line is the players just haven’t delivered what they should have done in recent weeks. I have to accept my responsibilities but they have to do the same. It’s massively disappointing for me and if the players don’t share that disappointment then professionally, that is very poor. I have defended our performances against Leicester, Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham but I haven’t been able to do that in our most recent two matches against Stoke and — in the first half at least — Manchester City last weekend."
Nine of the side that lost to Man City last week played in the 2-1 victory over City at Upton Park so we know that they can produce. The players owe us a decent performance at QPR tomorrow and if they don't do it, Allardyce, for all his innate caution, should bring in a few kids who will have something to prove. Yes, they might make mistakes, but no-one is going to criticise them too much if they're trying their best and want to play for the shirt.