Collins gaffe and Vaz Te miss is why we lost, says Big Sam

19:48 29 December 2012

West Ham United

West Ham United's James Collins looks dejected. Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce pinpointed James Collins’ error, as well as a glaring four-yard miss from substitute Ricardo Vaz Te, as the reasons why the Hammers left Reading empty-handed.

Pavel Pogrebnyak’s fifth-minute goal was enough for the Royals to record their second Premier League win of the season at the expense of the Hammers.

The Hammers centre back looked to play a simple ball back to goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen and the Russian stole in to slot past the Finn and put the hosts ahead early on and it proved to be the winning goal.

“James Collins makes a basic error, they take advantage of it then Vaz Te misses the chance,” Allardyce said.

“He had the easiest chance to score a goal you’ll ever see in a Premier League football match and misses it - hence no points. You make those types of mistakes, you can’t expect to get anything out of a game at this level.

“Once they got the goal they wouldn’t want to come out and play. They wanted to protect the goal we’d gifted them. The loss of the goal disrupted our flow.”

Collins made a similar mistake when West Ham were beaten 3-0 at Swansea earlier in the campaign but Allardyce felt his players should have produced more to make the former Aston Villa defender feel slightly better about himself.

“I never thought I’d see James make that type of error again - he did it at Swansea,” he said.

“He has been one of our most consistent from that time but low and behold he has a simple back-pass he misplaces and they take advantage of it.

“The lads should have got him out of the mire. We should’ve got at least a point and then it wouldn’t by lying as heavily on him as it is now. He’s distraught at the moment. He knows what that mistake has meant. He has to get over it.”

The defeat leaves West Ham six points above the relegation zone with Allardyce now looking over his shoulder.

“We’re beginning to look down now for the first time this season,” he said. “All of a sudden now, we’re looking a bit cautious and we don’t want to get dragged in if we can help it.”

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