Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 20°C

min temp: 15°C

Five-day forecast

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce was overjoyed at his team’s second half turnaround in play to inflict a damaging 3-1 defeat on Chelsea at Upton Park.

To send a link to this page to a friend, you must be logged in.

Asked by London24 how he felt when the final whistle went, Allardyce said: “I could not control my emotions. It was a tough six days. And to finish the week in such style was one of those outstanding moments.

“We looked dead and buried by half time and found it difficult once they scored, but the tactics we used to expose the opposition, using belief, attitude and quality we upped in the second half and they cracked in the end.

“It was a fantastic game We were defending desperately at times, we changed the subs but also the tactics at half time. We over complicating our play in the first half.

“We need to simply give the ball to Carlton Cole. He was having a very good game. That was the first half, but we were not playing to him.

“He was causing Chelsea centre back problems, we could then break off from him and bring in other players.

“That we did and started to sustain the pressure. Their full back went back chasing ours.

Then it was just a case of when would we score?

Our fitness came out and we wore Chelsea down. the quality came out and we scored two late goals - what a game of two halves.”

Big Sam said to his players that Chelsea players would be relieved to play away from home. “ I told them to make sure that was not the case,” he added.

“But in the first have they should have finished us off. They were much better but did not finish us us off and paid the price. We beat them fair and square.

“We did not show enough quality in first half, our passing went astray. We ended end up defending desperate “We had to keep the ball off them and put the ball where they don’t like it, behind their fullbacks - we did that in the second half.

“To beat Chelsea makes it great for us and the fans.”

Allardyce has no sympathy for his opposite number underfire Benitez.

He said: “We don’t have sympathy for each other. We compete against each other, play mind games and tactically try to out do each other.

“In the end we came out on top.”

He then issued a stark warning to Benitez.

“You cannot survive if the fans are not behind you. It just won’t happen. the only way to get the fans behind you is if you win, that’s all you can do. If you are winning games the fans will always, always be behind you.”

Share this article

0 comments

   Local advertisers

Related links

More West Ham articles

Local Search 24
Looking for a:
Location:
Search radius:
Click here to read the Digital Edition of the Newham Recorder on screen
Use our Wedding site to help you plan your big day!
At WeddingSite we know how much you have to organise for your wedding day, that's why we have designed a set of FREE, simple-to-use tools to make the planning process easy & hassle-free. FIND OUT MORE
Find a date using our online dating and friend finder
You can meet new friends, find romance or simply meet up online with people sharing similar interests and hobbies. FIND OUT MORE
Find a local business using our online directory search
Need a plumber? Or a florist? Or anything else? Search our business directory to find Newham businesses in just a few seconds. FIND OUT MORE
Family notices from the Newham Recorder, with readers' tributes
In memoriam, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, best wishes & special days. FIND OUT MORE

Celebrity / Showbiz See all

Drake has cancelled his Wireless London performance (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for ESPN)

Fans devastated after Drake cancels Wireless London festival

Rapper Drake has pulled out of his headline appearances at this weekend’s Wireless Festival in London, leaving fans devastated.

Read full story »