Allardyce hits back at Fulham manager’s ‘long ball’ jibe

Sam Allardyce hit back at Fulham manager Martin Jol’s claim that West Ham relied on route-one tactics in their 3-0 victory against the Whites.

New signing Andy Carroll caused the visitors major problems in the air during a one-sided first half at Upton Park, leading Jol to suggest Allardyce’s side were mainly intent on hitting long balls to the England striker.

But the Hammers boss countered: “If Martin can’t defend properly with his team then he really shouldn’t criticise our goals.

“You could say the three goals we scored was a ball up to Andy Carroll flicked on and two set-pieces.

“But how did Liverpool draw against Manchester City? One was a corner and one was a set-piece.

“In between our long-ball three goals we outplayed Fulham. It’s that simple.”

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