Allardyce bullish after defeat
West Ham 1-2 Everton
Published 17/05/2015 | 02:30
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce was in no mood for sentiment after Romelu Lukaku earned Everton a last-gasp win in potentially his final home match in charge at Upton Park.
Stewart Downing's strike was cancelled out by Leon Osman before Lukaku extended his record of six goals in six games against the Hammers with a stoppage-time header.
It could be that next Sunday's match at his former club Newcastle is Allardyce's last as Hammers boss. But the 60-year-old insisted he took no time to soak in his surroundings with his contract set to expire and talks currently on hold.
"I'm frustrated with the team and the result - I'm not worried about my position," he said. "I'm still here, I'm still going to get the team ready for next week. The owners decide how they want to go forward.
"I don't think I need to prove what I can do. It's four outstanding seasons. My average finish in my career in the Premier League is 10th. If you want to know what I do as a manager, have a look at that."
Everton boss Roberto Martinez was impressed with Lukaku. "He has a big-game mentality in terms of always being switched on," he said.
Despite the loss, West Ham's chances of qualifying for the Europa League through fair play standings improved as Everton were shown four yellow cards to the hosts' one. But Allardyce said he would "have sooner had four bookings and won 2-1".
He also bemoaned the failure of referee Kevin Friend to award a first-half penalty, believing Seamus Coleman blocked an Aaron Cresswell cross with his arm. "A blatant handball," Allardyce said. "(It) is a big problem for me when they miss such easy decisions."
But the Hammers boss had no complaints with the equaliser: "(Osman's) take on the first touch was brilliant and his volley was outstanding. If somebody like Costa had done that, or Robin van Persie, everybody would be crowing about it."
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