Allardyce amazed by West Ham turnaround against Chelsea
16:45 01 December 2012
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.
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.”