Big Sam blasts Reds
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sam Allardyce says Steven Gerrard and Mohamed Sissoko were guilty of stamping.Sam Allardyce says that both Steven Gerrard and Mohamed Sissoko were guilty of stamping on Bolton players during Liverpool's 2-2 draw at The Reebok.
The Reds had to twice come from behind to claim a point at Bolton in a tough encounter that saw their winning streak finally come to an end.
Rafa Benitez was not happy with Bolton's strong-arm tactics, nor the diving of El Hadji Diouf, but Allardyce believes it was The Reds who overstepped the mark.
Allardyce said Sissoko stamped on Diouf, while insisting that Gerrard's studs landing on Kevin Nolan's chest was a deliberate move by the Liverpool skipper.
"I'm very disappointed because there were three major incidents that have been missed in our opinion," said Allardyce, who also believes that Bolton should have had a penalty.
"While we're pleased with the performance we feel we've been on the wrong end of some decisions today and maybe it's cost us two points.
"Firstly Kevin Nolan was brought down by Jamie Carragher with referee Mark Clattenburg waving play on, but he gave Steven Gerrard a penalty which was just as clear as Nolan's.
"There were two nasty incidents here today too. People talk about us being tough but we don't go over the top, but here Gerrard stamped on Nolan and Sissoko stamped on Dioufy and that's clear to see.
"He (Gerrard) has a look to see where he is before he did it so it's clear.
"From our point of view the officials have been disappointing today as they've missed these incidents and have not dealt with them.
"That's the most disappointing thing because we would have won the game had the referee dealt with Gerrard and Sissoko properly."
Allardyce admitted that he was happy to have held off Liverpool in the end as they strived to get a late winner.
"To be fair Liverpool upped the tempo in the second half and it took some desperate defending by us at the end to hang on to a point.
"That's why the second goal for us came at just the right time as Liverpool were looking like they would go on and win it.
"But it's a good point for us and it shows our improvement to hold a team that are so high up in the league and going well."