Allardyce says criticism of West Ham style is "a nonsense" (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce says criticism of his side's style are "a nonsense"
Updated 2:30pm Thursday 1st May 2014 in Sport
Sam Allardyce says criticism of his style of football is a "nonsense" ahead of West Ham's clash with Spurs.
The Hammers' boss has come under increasing pressure in recent weeks following four consecutive Premier League defeats.
West Ham supporters have been quick to criticise Allardyce's brand of football, which they perceive to be negative.
Allardyce, though, does not see it that way: "It is a nonsense.
"We play to win when we play a game and if we don't play to win we play not to lose," Allardyce told Sky Sports News.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho said West Ham played "19th Century" football after the Hammers drew 0-0 at Stamford Bridge earlier in the season - a game they had just one shot to Chelsea's 39 in.
Allardyce has since defended his pragmatic approach: "When we went to Chelsea and they were all very, very happy that was based purely on a well-structured defensive ploy with little or no football at all. But it was still hailed as a great performance.
"You can't expand and open up against Chelsea because you lose five or 6-0," added the former Bolton, Newcastle and Blackburn boss.
Travelling West Ham fans made their feelings known during the 1-0 defeat at West Browmich Albion on Saturday, unfurling a banner which read 'Fat Sam Out'.
"No one wants to see things like that (the banner at West Brom) and wants to be criticised," admitted Allardyce.
"It is what it is at the moment. It is part of the job today and altogether people keep telling me how to play and the performances we need to give."
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