Sam blasts Croft tackle
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sam Allardyce was not pleased with Lee Crofts' tackle on Nicky Hunt.Sam Allardyce was not pleased with Lee Croft's tackle on Nicky Hunt that resulted in the Bolton man being carried off in their FA Cup tie at Oldham.
The Trotters came away from a tricky tie with a 1-0 win thanks to a goal from Ricardo Vaz Te, but they had to battle all the way against a plucky Oldham.
Hunt's injury somewhat overshadowed Bolton's win, and Allardyce was not happy about Croft's tackle.
"Unfortunately Nicky's going for the ball and the player has gone over the top," said Allardyce.
"I saw it where I was instantly but perhaps from the referee's point of view he had a different angle.
"He wasn't looking for the ball but he was looking for what Nicky was doing. This is the kind of stuff we want to get rid of in the game.
"I'm not sure if the lad meant it, he's not that kind of lad. But he went over the top in the tackle and caught Nicky above the ankle.
"We fear it is a break but hopefully the X-rays will show it isn't. It's a great shame in such a spirited cup tie that something like that has happened.
"Hopefully he'll make a reasonably quick recovery, even without the break the ligaments and the leg bending would mean major damage."
Allardyce was pleased with his side's display at Boundary Park, as they ground their way into the fifth round of the Cup.
"We've come out of it with the right result, it was hard work at times because of Oldham's effort and good play.
"But our stubbornness defensively and our early goal got us through to the next round.
"Their keeper has had a fantastic game for them overall and has kept them in the game.
"Perhaps on the goal he could have done a bit better but we'll take it (the luck) when it comes."