Allardyce is acutely aware of how hostile Goodison will be should the team underperform again on Saturday. “We all are,” he said. “We are absolutely aware of that and I’m sure the players are too. They have to draw on their experience to deliver under the pressure they’ve put themselves under. We have to live with that pressure. We have to get it right tactically and there is going to be frustration against a very good Brighton side who will be difficult to break down.”
Allardyce came in for further criticism from supporters when he appeared to smirk during a television interview following the Burnley defeat. He has denied doing so. “I don’t know what my facial expressions look like when I am answering questions to be honest with you,” he said. “My wife often tells me to stop doing this [fidgets with his face] and all I know is that I was thinking about the question and how to answer it. I think my answer reflected that I was extremely disappointed at the way we lost the game and how we performed in the second half.
“The big responsibility lies on you. This job, you go home and think about it all the time. You have to try and keep a clear mind and be focused on what you do. I really didn’t do anything like that [smirk] that I am particularly aware about.”
Covering his arse - not - the spoofing bastard.