West Ham Reaction: Allardyce annoyed with fringe players
Feature by Paul Farrington
Updated Wednesday, 26th September 2012
Sam Allardyce couldn't hide his frustration with a number of fringe players as the Hammers were comprehensively beaten by the Latics.
The former Notts County and Bolton boss was disappointed to see his team beaten 4-1 at home and he vented his annoyance at the fringe players to whom he had given a chance to impress.
Allardyce said: "I made lots of changes to see what the squad looks like and what some of the young ones are doing.
"They are doing well in the under-21s league but unfortunately from 15 minutes onwards they weren't good enough and in the end we have got beat 4-1 and it was very disappointing for me to sit there and watch that.
"It was an embarrassing defeat. They can't come knocking on my door about not playing now. They've got to take responsibility for their performance.
"They should have given me a lot more value for my money than they did.
We couldn't defend a fish supper tonight. There were howling errors from our defenders in all four goals, it was comical.
"I never expected us to defend so poorly. It was really poor defending and all the good work we might have done with the ball meant nothing in the end because out of possession we were just rubbish."