Sam Allardyce

Allardyce accepts fans’ boos but deflects them towards players

Allardyce post West BromEverton boss Sam Allardyce says that it was difficult to watch his side as they snatched a draw at home to West Brom in another dull and dreary performance under the former England boss.

Supporters booed substitutions made by Allardyce as well as at the final whistle, while sarcastic cheers and applause rang out when John Joe Kenny fired Everton’s first shot on target in almost four games.

Allardyce says he wasn’t happy himself, either, but his language always seems to pass the blame onto the players.

‘It was difficult to watch today.

“It was difficult for every fan in the ground to watch after what they’ve watched a couple of weeks ago, when we beat Swansea and put in a resilient performance against Chelsea.

“I see a lack of confidence because the players have not moved forward from where we started.

“It’s my job to keep going and pushing the players.

“The only positive thing I can say to the Everton fans is Oumar snatched a point for us and it stopped the run of three defeats in a row.

“We have picked up a point from 1-0 down, which showed our resilience. We are one of the best teams at picking up points from losing positions, which is a positive.

“But the performance was not very good to watch. We were all disappointed for two reasons in the end – the performance and James’ injury.

“I was not very happy with what I was seeing [prior to sending on Niasse] and neither were the supporters. We had to do something to change the way we were playing and in the end that change got us a very precious point.

“The header from Theo and the finish was the best piece of skill we showed all afternoon

“I do not think we deserved any more than a point. Certainly, the performance was well under par from what we expected today but that is something for us to sort out and the players to take a bit more responsibility over.

“Systems mean nothing if the players, individually and collectively, do not play to their best.

“The way we played, the system would not have made any difference because individuals did not perform to their best.

“It shows the lack of confidence that slips in to the team when they lose games and it is up to me to make that confidence and resilience much better so, mentally, they can handle those situations in the future.

“The players are losing responsibility at the moment and I keep reminding them – and I will continue to remind them – how they have got to get the basics right.

“That is what we are not doing at the moment. We got that side of it right when I first took over and the fruit of that was nicking results and winning football matches, then confidence improved.

“If I had any doubt about playing Theo it would have possibly been about not leaving him on for the 90 minutes, because there is a mental and emotional drain that comes with the long negotiations and the decision to leave a club you have been at for 12 years.

“He looked fine. He came out with the one bit of individual quality that we showed today, which was the volley that forced Foster into making a save and then, of course, the header back across goal for the equaliser. In fairness to Oumar, it was a really good finish as well.

“But we did not do much more than get a point today. It has stopped the run of defeats but it was not very pretty and, of course, for me it was very, very disappointing.”

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