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Sam Allardyce: I should have shored it up at Wembley like David Moyes did with West Ham United

PUBLISHED: 17:00 15 January 2018 | UPDATED: 17:00 15 January 2018

Everton manager Sam Allardyce (pic: Nick Potts/PA Images).

Everton manager Sam Allardyce (pic: Nick Potts/PA Images).

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Everton boss reflects on 4-0 thrashing away to Tottenham Hotspur and concedes he should have been more boring

Tottenham Hotspur's Mousa Dembele and Everton's Yannick Bolasie (back) battle for the ball during the Premier League match at Wembley Stadium (pic: John Walton/PA Images). Tottenham Hotspur's Mousa Dembele and Everton's Yannick Bolasie (back) battle for the ball during the Premier League match at Wembley Stadium (pic: John Walton/PA Images).

Former West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce admitted he should have followed the tactics of his old club at Wembley Stadium on Saturday against Tottenham Hotspur instead of being adventurous.

The Toffees lost 4-0 under the arch with Heung-min Son and Christian Eriksen scoring either side of a Harry Kane brace to give Spurs a comfortable victory.

Everton’s defeat occurred just nine days after the Hammers had gone to Wembley and earned a 1-1 draw following an excellent defensive display, which saw West Ham boss David Moyes praised.

Pedro Obiang put the visitors in front on January 4 before Son levelled with a 30-yarder, but Spurs had no such problems on Saturday as they secured another Premier League win after taking the lead in the 26th minute through their South Korean star.

Allardyce, speaking during his post-match press conference, said: “I might have a bit of responsibility to take because I was going to shore it up like ‘Moyesy’ did because I watched that game and thought ‘what a great job they had done defensively.’

“They put bodies on the line, they blocked shots and Tottenham threw everything at West Ham and couldn’t break them down apart from a wonder goal to get a draw.

“But then I reverted back to our Liverpool performance (in the FA Cup) and thought if the team can play like that at Anfield and just get beat at the death (2-1) then surely you can come to Tottenham and deliver the same performance and maybe get a result.

“So, maybe I have a bit of responsibility for playing too many attack-minded players and not as many defensive-minded players. I should have perhaps gone back to being a bit more boring and a bit less adventurous.”

It was a surprise at 4.30pm on Saturday to see Everton include Cenk Tosun, Wayne Rooney, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Yannick Bolasie in their starting XI at Wembley.

Everton's Wayne Rooney (right) celebrates briefly before seeing his goal disallowed for being offside during the Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur (pic: John Walton/PA Images). Everton's Wayne Rooney (right) celebrates briefly before seeing his goal disallowed for being offside during the Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur (pic: John Walton/PA Images).

At first it seemed like it could pay off with the first 45 an even-affair with Tottenham just edging proceedings and deservedly leading at the break.

But once Kane made it 2-0 in the 47th minute the floodgates opened and it was a case of how many the hosts would score.

It should be pointed out that Tottenham’s second appeared to be offside with Kane a fraction ahead of Cuco Martina when Son crossed into the area.

Everton did have a goal ruled out too when Rooney flicked in Tosun’s initial header in the 22nd minute with the score 0-0, but the one-time England captain was offside and so the goal was correctly chalked off.

Allardyce added: “The disappointing thing for us is what would the game have finished like had we scored the first goal when Wayne’s got disallowed?

“Or what would the game have ended up as if Harry’s first had been disallowed because it looked offside on the laptop, but what I can’t excuse is our capitulation after going two goals down.”

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