Sam Allardyce says Everton ace should have seen red for Kevin Nolan foul
19:44 01 March 2014
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce claimed Everton midfielder Gareth Barry should have been sent off for a foul on Kevin Nolan – a decision he regarded as a key moment as the Hammers lost 1-0 at Goodison Park.
Striker Romelu Lukaku came off the bench to score the only goal but the main talking point was Barry’s challenge in the first half, when Hammers captain Nolan looked like he would have a clear run into the penalty area which match official Jon Moss saw as fair.
Toffees manager Roberto Martinez said: “I think the referee did the right thing to play on” but Allardyce, understandably, felt differently.
“There’s no doubt about that in my mind,” he said.
“Gareth Barry was at the time, from my position which was behind the referee, there was no obscured view of Gareth Barry pulling Kevin Nolan down. That was a key moment.
“Kevin would have been perhaps scoring another goal because of the goalscoring form he is in; he’s scored four in the last five.
“It looks like he [Barry] is stopping a goalscoring opportunity and a red card. I am really disappointed in that but I can’t control that.”
Up to the goal, the closest either side had come to scoring was when Steven Pienaar had his shot tipped on to a post by goalkeeper Adrian.
Allardyce withdrew Carlton Cole on the half hour as he did not think he was getting enough from the striker and replacement Andy Carroll, who dislocated a finger at one point in the game, made a difference.
“We couldn’t get out of our half and Andy had to come on to get us out of our half more because Carlton’s hold-up play wasn’t as good as it normally is. Andy held it up more,” said the Hammers boss.
Of Carroll’s dislocated finger, Allardyce said: “Andy didn’t seem to have much trouble with the physio popping it back in for him.
“It made me wince but it didn’t make Andy.”