I knew Saints would fold under pressure - Allardyce

Daily Echo: SAM ALLARDYCE SAM ALLARDYCE

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce told his side if they put pressure on Saints then mistakes would follow.

After a dour opening 45 minutes yesterday that Saints dominated, it took less than a minute of the second half for Mark Noble to break the deadlock.

Kevin Nolan doubled the Hammers’ advantage moments later and, although Adam Lallana halved the deficit, Noble’s penalty and a superb strike by sub Modibo Maiga sealed an emphatic victory for the hosts.

The win was the Hammers’ fourth since their return to the top flight, while Saints have only four points to show from their opening eight fixtures - something Allardyce highlighted during the half-time break.

“We had to look at ourselves and say ‘we’re just not doing our job properly’ apart from we defended okay,” the former Bolton and Newcastle boss said.

“We weren't passing it well enough, mixing our play well enough, we weren't putting the right quality to the front lads, we weren't sustaining any pressure on the opposition.

“I said ‘we need to sustain pressure on this opposition as this team is struggling confidence-wise. They’ve only picked up four points and they score plenty of goals, but conceded 20. If we put pressure on the back four they will make mistakes’.

“And certainly they did that and we capitalised on that.”

He added: “It was a surprise we won 4-1 when you look at what we did in the first half.

"The good thing for us is the professionalism of players that took a little bit of criticism at half-time for what was a bit of a lacklustre performance.

“The only good thing we did was not to allow Southampton any real chances in the first half.

“We were just not playing well enough and, if we were to overcome them, we had to play better than that and we had to do that by upping the tempo.

“Of course, doing that in the second half and giving that sort of performance and scoring the goals – obviously the timing was brilliant because we went out, got right at them and scored two very quick ones – gave us a fantastic 4-1 victory.

"We can forget the first half now and just enjoy the victory and really focus on the positives of how we turned the game around when we looked like we were struggling. In fact, we didn't look like we were struggling, we were.

“To come out and put it right, not just in terms of winning the game but winning the game comfortably is great.

“Scoring four goals against any side in the Premier League is no mean feat.”

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5:07pm Sun 21 Oct 12

Linesman says...

Something for Cortese, Whoops, I mean Adkins, to work on at the training ground.
Something for Cortese, Whoops, I mean Adkins, to work on at the training ground. Linesman
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5:16pm Sun 21 Oct 12

martin van tuyl says...

I think most managers playing against us will think the same.

As NA is prone to leave out our best forward,most teams know they can play us and fill their boots.

Should the Tottenham game turn into a fiasco, and we have reason to doubt it won't, where do we go from here?

All that hard work tossed away needlessly.

Be interesting to see WHO is in charge of our transfer policy!
I think most managers playing against us will think the same. As NA is prone to leave out our best forward,most teams know they can play us and fill their boots. Should the Tottenham game turn into a fiasco, and we have reason to doubt it won't, where do we go from here? All that hard work tossed away needlessly. Be interesting to see WHO is in charge of our transfer policy! martin van tuyl
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5:32pm Sun 21 Oct 12

Rising_Son says...

The guy's talking out of his backside. They won because of some very slipshod defending not because of pressure.
The guy's talking out of his backside. They won because of some very slipshod defending not because of pressure. Rising_Son
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5:32pm Sun 21 Oct 12

Rising_Son says...

The guy's talking out of his backside. They won because of some very slipshod defending not because of pressure.
The guy's talking out of his backside. They won because of some very slipshod defending not because of pressure. Rising_Son
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9:13pm Sun 21 Oct 12

RedArmy1 says...

This does not end here.

Sam will experience another type of pressure at St Mary's.

GUARANTEED

WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON
This does not end here. Sam will experience another type of pressure at St Mary's. GUARANTEED WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON RedArmy1
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10:24pm Sun 21 Oct 12

Reality-man says...

Pin that on the dressing room wall tomorrow and hope it hurts the players as much as us fans reading that headline! Oh and someone give Guly a lift somewhere far far away and for christs sake get Lamert back in the starting line up
Pin that on the dressing room wall tomorrow and hope it hurts the players as much as us fans reading that headline! Oh and someone give Guly a lift somewhere far far away and for christs sake get Lamert back in the starting line up Reality-man
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10:48pm Sun 21 Oct 12

Littleton-Saint says...

Yoshida and Fonte were disappointing against the Hammers. Roll on January when we can buy/loan some decent defenders.

I'd prefer to see NA resign. In my view, he was responsible for our not winning the Championship. The tell-tale signs of failure have been with us for a while.

The shipping out of Billy Sharp and purchase of the ineffective J Rod just never made sense. Leaving Rickie on the bench is unjustifiable.

We need a manager who will stand up to anyone (shh you know who?) and also sort out our defence.
Yoshida and Fonte were disappointing against the Hammers. Roll on January when we can buy/loan some decent defenders. I'd prefer to see NA resign. In my view, he was responsible for our not winning the Championship. The tell-tale signs of failure have been with us for a while. The shipping out of Billy Sharp and purchase of the ineffective J Rod just never made sense. Leaving Rickie on the bench is unjustifiable. We need a manager who will stand up to anyone (shh you know who?) and also sort out our defence. Littleton-Saint
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9:05am Mon 22 Oct 12

SO50 Saint says...

Defence was awful and the manager was no better. The best player within the present fully fit squad not starting ridiculous would have at least of looked more threatening in the first half with him on when we dominated possesion. I hate to think what Spurs will do to us as the have pace throughout the pitch and move the ball quickly something which we don't do at all. (Even QPR did that yesterday) How Guly played a full 90 minutes is beyond me aswell. Nigel has done a great job for the club but that is unfortunately starting to get tarnished at present and I think it will be this time next week when he goes. Who would come in I have no idea but I reckon they will be foreign, Guardiola maybe ;)

I always try to be as positive as possible about SFC but unless Spurs suffer about 11 injuries in training this week I can't see anything positive for next Sundays game
Defence was awful and the manager was no better. The best player within the present fully fit squad not starting ridiculous would have at least of looked more threatening in the first half with him on when we dominated possesion. I hate to think what Spurs will do to us as the have pace throughout the pitch and move the ball quickly something which we don't do at all. (Even QPR did that yesterday) How Guly played a full 90 minutes is beyond me aswell. Nigel has done a great job for the club but that is unfortunately starting to get tarnished at present and I think it will be this time next week when he goes. Who would come in I have no idea but I reckon they will be foreign, Guardiola maybe ;) I always try to be as positive as possible about SFC but unless Spurs suffer about 11 injuries in training this week I can't see anything positive for next Sundays game SO50 Saint
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10:00am Mon 22 Oct 12

warrens 76 says...

Five year plan..so give him and the gang five years...ie two to go..
Five year plan..so give him and the gang five years...ie two to go.. warrens 76
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