Sam annoyed at defeat

Last updated : 28 September 2013 By Plymouth_hammer

Speaking to the official site Allardyce said, “It was a gut-wrencher and leaves you feeling so sorry for the players deep down inside. “Obviously the fans are disappointed too because they’ve seen a good performance but seen us lose 3-2.

“For me the players have done so much and created a good game in terms of what we’ve come to expect at Upton Park, but then unfortunately Everton don’t seem to be our team here.  Last year, we went 1-0 up and I remember Carlton Cole getting sent-off and we ended up losing 2-1.

“The game has hinged on a free-kick that the referee has given that has not only given them a free-kick that they’ve scored from, but he’s also sent Mark Noble off.  Then, they’ve scored the winner because we were down to ten men.  It’s difficult to take.

“I have looked at it again and I know it’s easy for me to say because I’ve looked at it on the laptop, but he’s taken the ball and he’s not played the man until after he’s played the ball.  For me, that would then be difficult to take.

“My problem would then be if they don’t see it that way, because development and constructive criticism is a big part of referees getting better and if they say that’s a free-kick and it was the right decision to send him off, then I would have a problem with that.

“I think many decision these days don’t appear to be rectified enough and the responsibility of the referees’ coaches and bosses is to make sure that development is right and clear and they understand it.  Then mistakes get fewer and farther between.  That’s how we find players and develop them and coach them into being better players.

“It wouldn’t have been a major decision had it been a free-kick and a yellow card and we still would have said it’s not a free-kick in the first place, but he’d not have been sent-off.  Baines then scores a goal, which was great technique which we could do nothing about, but I don't think we'd have lost the game."