Allardyce slams embarrassing defeat after Wigan run riot against Hammers
22:25 GMT, 25 September 2012
Sam Allardyce fumed at his defence for putting on a 'rubbish' and 'comical' performance as West Ham crashed out of the Capital One Cup with a 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Wigan.
The Hammers went in to the match having lost just one of their previous six games, but they were easily torn apart by Wigan in the third round clash at Upton Park.
The London club took the lead through Modibo Maiga, but a series of calamitous errors allowed Roberto Martinez's team to progress.
Dejected: West Ham were put to the sword by Wigan at Upton Park
Slack marking from Jordan Spence allowed Mauro Boselli to equalise and the Hammers defence backed off Ivan Ramis to allow the Spaniard to put the away side 2-1 ahead.
Yet more loose marking allowed Boselli to chip home a wonderful third and Stephen Henderson's foul on James McArthur in the dying minutes allowed Jordi Gomez to seal the rout to leave Allardyce red-faced with embarrassment at the final whistle
'We couldn't defend a fish supper tonight,' the West Ham boss said.
'There were howling errors from our defenders in all four goals, it was comical.
Embarrassing: Sam Allardyce slammed his West Ham players after full time
'I never expected us to defend so poorly. It was really poor defending and all the good work we might have done with the ball meant nothing in the end because out of possession we were just rubbish.'
Allardyce made nine changes from the XI that drew 1-1 with Sunderland on Saturday, giving the likes of James Tomkins, Gary O'Neil and George McCartney a chance to prove to him that they should start Monday's league game against QPR, but they all failed miserably.
The Hammers looked shaky at the back and devoid of ideas going forward, with 18-year-old debutant Robert Hall the only home player worthy of any praise.
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Allardyce added: 'I made lots of changes to see what the squad looks like and what some of the young ones are doing. They are doing well in the Under 21s league but unfortunately from 15 minutes on tonight they weren't good enough and in the end we have got beat 4-1 and it was very disappointing for me to sit there and watch that.
'It was an embarrassing defeat. They can't come knocking on my door about not playing now. They've got to take responsibility for their performance.
'They should have given me a lot more value for my money than they did.'