Friday 24 November 2017

Brady under fire


Wayne Gardiner

Beaten West Ham manager Sam Allardyce accused match-winner Robbie Brady of buying Hull their victory at the KC Stadium.

The Ireland winger won a first-half penalty when he went down under a challenge from international team-mate Joey O'Brien and then stepped up to put away his fourth goal of the season.

Allardyce felt the former Manchester United junior had influenced referee Kevin Friend by going down too easily as O'Brien put his hands on him and was not afraid to say so afterwards. Allardyce also told his own players they were responsible for the loss too – poor finishing their greatest crime – while another decision not to give a second penalty for an alleged handball by Jake Livermore also got his back up.

"Brady takes a simulation on a slight contact with Joey O'Brien when the ball is not near him or the goal," he said. "He buys the penalty and the referee falls for it.

"Livermore puts his arm out and knocks the ball for a corner but the referee doesn't see it. So it's our responsibility for not finishing our chances and the referee's as well for us losing the game."

Sunday Independent

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