SAM Allardyce cupped his ear in disbelief after West Ham were booed off the pitch at Upton Park, despite ending a three-match losing streak at home to Hull.
The home fans were audibly frustrated by the Hammers' ineffective display in east London, where the controversial sending off of Allan McGregor arguably proved the difference.
The officials missed Mohamed Diame's handball before being taken down by the Hull goalkeeper, allowing Mark Noble to send home the resulting penalty. The visitors managed to pull level early in the second half when Nikica Jelavic deflected home a Tom Huddlestone free-kick, only for a James Chester own-goal to put West Ham back in front soon after.
Hull continued to press, but were unable to stop West Ham running out unconvincing 2-1 victors – a performance that led to boos at the final whistle and Allardyce to react by cupping his ear.
"I've not experienced that before in the time I've been in the game," he said in the post-match press conference.
"Obviously, for us, today was all about coming off with three points, whether we played brilliantly, indifferently or not so good. It was about getting the three points The lads have gone about it and, when they've come off the field, they've got the three points and that is what matters.
"Hull City played with 10 men, kept the ball well and we beat them. That's what you've got to do. We beat them, that's the most important thing."
Asked about cupping his ear after the final whistle, Allardyce said: "I did it because I was hearing booing, I couldn't quite believe it. I'd seen something I've never seen before. Nothing surprises me, I suppose.
"I can't understand it, to be honest. We've got a difficult situation and it must be frustration."
Hull counterpart Steve Bruce joked about the full-time reception – "Sam's big and ugly enough to handle it" – but that could not disguise his anger at the officials' display.
The Tigers boss was furious with referee Mike Dean's decision to send off McGregor. "It must have been two or three minutes before he made the decision," he said.