Monday 24 June 2019

Video: Sam Allardyce has a dig at "long-ball United" following dramatic draw at Upton Park

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce
West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce

Mark Noble admitted that West Ham's 1-1 Barclays Premier League draw with Manchester United "feels like a loss" after Daley Blind's last-gasp equaliser earned the Red Devils a point at Upton Park.

West Ham took the lead four minutes into the second half when makeshift defender Cheikhou Kouyate unleashed a superb on-the-turn volley past David de Gea.

The Hammers were on the brink of their first Premier League win over Manchester United in seven years and 13 attempts but Blind rescued a point for the visitors with a stoppage-time equaliser.

There was more drama to follow in stoppage time as Luke Shaw was sent off for a second yellow card offence but that was of little comfort to the Hammers vice-captain.

"It feels like a loss to be honest," Noble said on Sky Sports 1.

"It just shows how far we have come that we're gutted we drew with Man United at home, with some world-class players out there today.

"I thought in many ways we were the better team and we just couldn't hold out until then end."

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce echoed Noble's view that the east Londoners were unfortunate not to win the game and appeared to take a slight dig at United's style of play.

"The lads are absolutely gutted in there and so they should be," he said.

"I think it was an absolutely fantastic performance and from the point of view of where we were just towards the end (of the match), I thought we were going to make sure we saw it through and unfortunately for us it was not to be."

Allardyce added: "I suppose in the end we couldn't cope with long-ball United. It was just, 'thump it forward and see what they could get' and in the end it paid off for them."

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal criticised his side's first-half display, but praised his players' determination to salvage something from the match.

He said: "We played very badly in the first half and we showed a lot of spirit in the second half, especially after the (West Ham) goal in the beginning - we gave that goal away I think.

"And then we played football after the goal, but you have to do it from the first minute. But I have to say what a spirit my team showed after going 1-0 behind."

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