West Ham boss furious with Nolan

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce was angry with Kevin Nolan after he was needlessly sent off in the defeat at Fulham.

The Hammers captain was shown a straight red card just before half-time after he appeared to kick out at Fernando Amorebieta in a clash off the ball.

Allardyce says Nolan was entirely to blame for the 2-1 loss to their relegation rivals, and admits he is concerned about the 31-year-old’s mentality after his second dismissal in four matches.

“I’m going to have to find out what’s wrong with him because there’s something wrong with his mentality at the minute,” Allardyce said.

“He’s probably responsible for us losing the game – his sending-off cost us massively.

“I don’t understand it. The indiscretion of what he’s done is straight after what he did at Liverpool.

“At his age and with his experience, and in the many years I’ve known him, I haven’t seen this type of reaction and this type of situation that he’s put himself into.

“I don’t understand why he’s lost his cool and why it’s happened. I know the centre-half obstructed him and jumped in front of him but it’s not an excuse for what Kevin did.”

Allardyce added: “You can expect it from a youngster trying to find his way in the game, occasionally, but not Kevin.

“I don’t know what I will do about the captaincy yet – I’m disappointed enough with what he’s done.

“Time will tell and we will deal with the situation internally as we always do.”

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