“It’s not just the stats, but if you had watched the game with the naked eye, whether you are a West Ham fan, a manager or a coach, you would have watched the game and said ‘Wow! What a performance and what a complete domination of the opposition’, Sam told West Ham TV. “But unfortunately, however brilliant your stats are against the opposition’s stats, the bottom line stat reads ‘West Ham 1 QPR 1’ and that’s the most important one.
“In the end, I am as frustrated as anybody else that we didn’t record a very comfortable victory. Because it hasn’t brought that comfortable victory, it’s a big disappointment for us all and we’re all massively frustrated and, may I say, none more so than the players. You hear all this stuff about players getting this or that much money and it not meaning that much to them, but it’s the biggest load of rubbish.
“Over the last five or six years, I have seen players give their all week in and week out. If they are not quite up to the level you are playing at, then that’s fine. It’s not about the fact they don’t try because they do. They are dejected like everybody else.
“We just have to take the massive positives out of this game, which is over-running a team and the only thing we didn’t over-run them by was a victory that should have, in my assessment, about 4-1. We had ten shots on target, ten or more off-target and 46 crosses - it just never stopped - but only one goal, which I have to say isn’t good enough. We must be as dominant as that but we must come off with a victory at the end of it and not come off disappointed like we have against QPR.”