Bitter Allardyce blasts Kane penalty

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West Ham boss Sam Allardyce accused Harry Kane of going down too easily after the striker earned a stoppage-time penalty which secured Tottenham a 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane.

The in-form England Under-21 international saw a last-gasp spot-kick saved by Adrian but tucked away the rebound to secure a share of the spoils for Mauricio Pochettino’s side, who had trailed 2-0 with 10 minutes remaining following goals by Cheikhou Kouyate and Diafra Sakho.

Danny Rose’s mis-hit shot from the edge of the area set up a grandstand finish and the stage was set for Kane when he was brought down in the box by Alex Song in the 95th minute, leaving Allardyce infuriated and labelling Spurs “so lucky”.

“You can argue whether it’s enough contact from Alex’s arm or whether it’s not, but when you’re desperate like Tottenham are and you get touched, a player’s going to fall over and ask the referee to make a decision,” the Hammers boss told BT Sport. “Whether it’s the right decision or not, it’s the way football is today.

“If we’re to learn anything by it, we have to do the same as what Tottenham do more often, because we stay on our feet and don’t get fouls and they get touched and go down and they do get fouls. In the end it’s make a difference.

“But they’re so lucky today – one with the first goal and two with the fact Adrian saved the penalty and it’s fortunately – and unfortunately for us – come straight back to Harry Kane. It’s a bitter disappointment. (We had) an opportunity to have won by more.”

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  1. Sam your blind you must have been watching a different game, Harry Kane thoughout this match has been hacked all afternoon and every time refused to go down, somehow keeping his balance.
    The penalty in the dieing seconds was a stone banker penalty . Allardyce stop winging you dropped two points today, move on!!!

  2. Frankly, we were damn lucky to come away with a point out of that game. After the first 20 minutes, which we dominated, we then offered nothing until the last 15 minutes. I thought the decision to substitute Noble changed the game. West Ham sat back after that and invited us to play through midfield, which we did and pushed them back. We still got lucky though, with two goals that both had a distinct element of good fortune. Happy to take a point out of a game, but honestly I thought we deserved nothing from that performance!

  3. Sorry Sam a bit two faced there.

    I can’t remember the player but Soldado pulled out of a challenge, the guy goes down holding his head. Nolan gets away with a red.

    Fairs fair.

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