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Allardyce baffled by West Ham boo boys

ESPN staff
March 27, 2014
Sam Allardyce made a mocking gesture to the West Ham fans after the match © Getty Images

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has hit out at the club's fans for booing their own team during the 2-1 victory over Hull at Upton Park on Wednesday night.

Allardyce's side arrested a slump of three consecutive defeats to move nine points clear of the relegation zone but West Ham's performance was still jeered by the home support.

Despite Hull being down to 10 men after 26 minutes, West Ham were forced to hold on for their first Premier League victory since February 22.

"I started at 16, got into the first team at 18 and I'm 59 now and I have never been in place where we have won and got booed," said Allardyce.

"At half-time the players were talking more about fans booing them than the game.

"Fans affect players. We don't need them on the players' backs when we are coming off three defeats. They have to stay and help them win."

Visiting goalkeeper Allan McGregor was sent off for a challenge on Mo Diame in the box with Mark Noble scoring the resultant penalty.

However Nikica Jelavic brought Hull level just after the break, deflecting in Tom Huddlestone's free-kick, only for a James Chester own goal to give West Ham the three points.

"They are frustrated. I get frustrated. I want the players to play better," admitted Allardyce.

"People are organised, wait for an opportunity to suck you in and expose you, even with 10 men. It's not an easy task and we should all be very grateful."

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