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Sam Allardyce blames referee and Tottenham after West Ham concede late equaliser

Image: Allardyce and Pochettino: Both men felt their team deserved to win.

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce hit out at both the Tottenham players and referee Jon Moss after a late Harry Kane equaliser cost his side another win at White Hart Lane.

The visitors, hoping for a third straight victory at Spurs, were deservedly leading 2-0 with just 10 minutes remaining thanks to goals from Cheikhou Kouyate and Diafra Sakho.

But Danny Rose struck to reduce the arrears before Kane was brought down in the box by Alex Song in the fifth minute of injury time.

Kane stepped up to take the penalty and though Adrian parried his initial effort, he buried the rebound.

That proved to be the last meaningful kick of the game but Allardyce was left fuming at referee Moss, as well as the Spurs players, whom he accused of going to ground too easily.

Last minute goalscorer Harry Kane of Spurs celebrates
Image: Harry Kane: The striker celebrates scoring in the dying seconds.

Asked if Moss should have blown for full-time immediately after Adrian had saved the penalty, Allardyce replied: "The answer to that is yes, but he wouldn't be brave enough to do that at home would he?

"He'll say there were still two seconds to go. He will say when the penalty was taken, there were five seconds left, when the rebound came off there were three seconds left. So we're doing NFL now aren't we? I'd like a time-keeper to be perfectly honest with you.

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"From our point of view, Alex has to keep his hands off him because he's going to feel that contact and take to the floor. He's got to. No-one is in doubt that when you're losing at that stage of the game and you know you're not going to score because he's kicked it too far.

"You're going to take the chance (by going to ground) and the referee gives him the opportunity to take the penalty - he wasn't good enough to score that but lucky enough to get the rebound."

Straight after the game, the former Bolton manager said: "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.

Image: Diafra Sakho: The striker celebrated his first away goal since October.

"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."

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