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Allardyce responds to angry West Ham fans after ‘Fat Sam out’ banner unfurled at West Brom

19:53 26 April 2014

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West Ham United's manager Sam Allardyce during the game against West Brom. Picture: PA

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Sam Allardyce has taken responsibility for West Ham’s dismal form after fans turned on the Hammers boss in their 1-0 defeat at West Brom.

West Ham fans unfurl a banner at West Brom. Picture: PA WireWest Ham fans unfurl a banner at West Brom. Picture: PA Wire

Saido Berahino’s close-range 11th-minute strike at the Hawthorns consigned West Ham to a fourth straight defeat.

While the West Brom faithful roared their team on enthusiastically throughout the game, there was more disgruntlement among West Ham supporters as they witnessed the London outfit’s fourth straight defeat.

Not for the first time, Hammers manager Sam Allardyce found himself the target of abuse from some of the club’s fans, with boos and chants being hurled at him from the away section and a banner being unfurled within it which displayed the message “Fat Sam out, killing WHU”.

Allardyce, whose side are one spot above 15th-placed West Brom and a point better off but have only two games left, said afterwards: “I have been pleased with the performances overall of the players - with the creativity.

“But at the end of the day, that is no good to anybody whatsoever without results and again we haven’t got one, so you are bound to get criticised - me more than anyone else, because I am the manager and I’m responsible for it.

“You don’t want it (the abuse), do you? You don’t want to stand there and get abused in any way, shape or form.

“But it is something you are aware of, and you know what changes it around - the players going out on the pitch and winning.

“So until the players go and do that for themselves, me and then the fans, the criticism is going to continue being thrown at me, and I accept that criticism because it is my responsibility.

“Fans show their disapproval and they are quite entitled to. I don’t have a problem with that at all - well, I do have a problem with it, but I understand why they show their frustration.”

Asked if he wanted to stay at the club and win the fans over, Allardyce said: “I’m contracted to West Ham United - until such time that the owners tell me something different, that is exactly what I am.

“I wake up every day, come into work and do the very best I possibly can for West Ham, for the players, for myself, for the owners, and for my family.”

Allardyce also lamented the way his side had failed to make the most of their goalscoring chances, the closest of which saw Andy Carroll head against the bar.

The manager said: “When opportunities arise and when you create them, you must take them in this very demanding league, which will not allow you to miss as many as we did today.

“Until we start converting these chances we are creating, we are going to struggle to win a game.”

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