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By Nick Wright
Friday, December 6, 2013
Sam Allardyce says Ravel Morrison has gone through an internal disciplinary procedure after his clash with Crystal Palace’s Joel Ward – and the West Ham boss hopes the youngster won’t lose his cool in future.
The 20-year-old pushed Ward in the face when tempers boiled over after the final whistle in West Ham’s 1-0 defeat at Selhurst Park on Tuesday.
Morrison escaped a red card but did receive his fifth booking of the season from referee Lee Mason, meaning is suspended for the Hammers’ trip to Liverpool tomorrow.
Allardyce was quizzed on the incident at his pre-match press conference today. He said: “He has gone through the normal procedure after showing dissent in a game.
“That is dealt with by a laid-out regulation at the club, as well as the on-field discipline scenario.”
He added: “For Ravel, he is a young man who loses his cool at times, as many young talented players have done over the years, so he knows not to do that thing again.”
Defeat at Selhurst Park left West Ham just three points above the relegation zone, but Allardyce felt his side were unfortunate to lose the game.
“We completely outplayed Crystal Palace,” he said. “I can tell you that we had nearly twice as many passes as Crystal Palace.
“We completely out-passed Crystal Palace on the night. That’s what you get when things are not quite going your way.
“Internally we’ve got to stay strong and stay together and we’ve got to work our way through it by getting results.
“At the end of the day it’s no good me saying the performances are good.
“I think that probably the most disappointing performances were Chelsea, which you can understand, and Stoke at home.
“The rest we’ve played exceptionally well in periods but haven’t taken advantage of that and now we are where we are because we haven’t got the results we should have done.”
With Liverpool to come on Saturday, Allardyce also said he has plans in place to try and stop the rampant Luis Suarez.