Filed: Tuesday, 27th March 2012
By: Staff Writer
Sam Allardyce's factious relationship with the club's fan base hit a new low tonight after he called opponents of his footballing philosophy 'deluded'.
Allardyce led his team to a 2-0 win over Peterborough United at London Road tonight, yet faced criticism from travelling supporters disappointed with his team's playing style during the first half of the match.
The large contingent of West Ham fans sang "we're West Ham United, we play on the floor" in response to a disappointing first half performance from which United were lucky to escape on level terms after Posh hit the crossbar and had another shot cleared off the line.
But Allardyce, speaking after the game hit back at his detractors - accusing them of being both 'deluded' and inconsistent.
"The perception of some people is deluded as [are] the facts about my teams," he said. "It is a tag that has followed me around for a long time and one I'm never going to be able to shift.
"I can't do anything about that, but I can win football matches.
"We've had to overcome home teams playing with a lot of energy in front of full houses throughout this season. We did it again here and once we got the goals, we out-passed and out-played Peterborough.
"It was a good performance, although not as good as at Burnley on Saturday. We only drew that game though so everyone was miserable, whereas they will be happy tonight."
Allardyce was once again forced to endure chants of "Paolo Di Canio" in the opening 45 minutes from the several thousand-strong travelling contingent, who also sang songs about fellow former players Christian Dailly and Ludo Miklosko.
Meanwhile some boos were heard as the opening half ended - although the majority of those are thought to have come from Posh supporters angry at referee Christopher Sarginson's failure to award a penalty.
However the mood in the away stand was one of jubilation by the end of the match after West Ham completely dominated the second half having produced some of their best football of the season.
Tonight's victory was West Ham's 11th away win of the current campaign, thereby equalling a record first set in the 1922/23 season some 80 years ago.
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