Allardyce: Mourinho can’t take it, we outwitted him

07:20 30 January 2014

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce shakes hands with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho manager. Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce shakes hands with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho manager. Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

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West Ham manager Sam Allardyce laughed off Chelsea counterpart Jose Mourinho’s suggestion that his team play “football from the 19th century” and insisted that the 0-0 draw against at Stamford Bridge was one of the best results of the season.

The Blues boss was critical of the Hammers’ tactics, insisting they were time wasting, playing long ball and putting everyone behind the ball.

The Portuguese revealed afterwards that he’d told Allardyce to his face exactly what he told the media. Yet for the United chief, his rival’s frustrations were a source of delight.

“Ha, he can’t take it. Can’t take it, we outwitted him and out-thought him tactically. He just can’t cope, can he?” Allardyce said in response to the Mourinho’s criticism of his tactics.

“He can tell me all he wants, I don’t give a s**** to be honest. I love to see Chelsea players moaning at the referee, trying to intimidate him.

“Jose jumping up and down saying we play crap football, it’s brilliant when we get a result against him. So hard luck, Jose.”

While the point was not enough to prevent West Ham slipping into the Premier League drop zone - after Sunderland beat Stoke City to leapfrog the Hammers - Allardyce hailed the result as one of the best this season.

“The best was the 3-0 win at Spurs. This one equals is because of the low position we are in and the stick we have received,” he said.

“It was a resilient performance and we frustrated a world-class team, we do not lie down. Tactically we got it right. We stopped [Eden] Hazard, Oscar and [Samuel] Eto’o scoring and we stopped their scoring from set pieces. They deliver really good balls in.

“It was a worry when we lost [Joey] O’Brien late on with dislocated shoulder but it was a fantastic result for us.

“[Goalkeeper] Adrien was good, but he did not have much to save. But when needed he was outstanding. He was calm.

“[That’s] two good way points recently so let’s do it at home.”

The injury to O’Brien is set to keep the defender out for 12 weeks, but the Hammers boss said: “we have players to come back so things are looking up.”

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