West Ham boss: We should never have been 2-0 down at Aston Villa

17:23 10 February 2013

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce (right) vents his frustration on the touchline during the defeat to Manchester United. Photo: Neal Simpson/EMPICS

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce (right) vents his frustration on the touchline during the defeat to Manchester United. Photo: Neal Simpson/EMPICS


West Ham have now lost five successive away games and manager Sam Allardyce was again rueing missed chances.

They were handed a life line by Westwood’s late own goal and then in the final moments Villa keeper Brad Guzan pulled off two fine saves to deny Kevin Nolan and Carlton Cole.

Allardyce said: “I thought we had saved it but we should never have been in that position. That’s the biggest disappointment.

“We should never have got ourselves in a losing position because we’d created the chances. We can’t play any better than we played.

“We then created the chances to get ourselves back to 2-2 and we failed to do so and that’s been our problem away from home this season.

“It was great goalkeeping in the end. Guzan pulled off some really good saves.

“I thought we sat comfortable from the chances Villa created and we gifted them a soft penalty when we should not have been in that position.

“It was a great free kick from Charles N’Zogbia so we can’t criticise that too much. The overall situation was disappointing because of the way we played.

“We dominated and need to put the ball in the back of the net when we get a chance.”

Defender Joey Brien will miss West Ham’s warm weather break in Dubai this week after suffering a thigh injury.

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