Allardyce laments ‘fluke’ goal

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has lamented the “fluke”

goal his side conceded against Manchester United at Old Trafford on


Robin van Persie’s strike after just 33 seconds condemned the

Hammers to a 1-0 away defeat in the Premier League.

Allardyce believes that his side did not deserve to lose and

hailed his players for the energy they showed against the Red


“We come to Old Trafford and in 30 seconds they score,” he told

Sky Sports. “It was a fluke goal, to say the least.

“It was a test of character for my players. We are all

disappointed that we lost the match, but we kept our shape and our


“We couldn’t help the fluke goal fortunately for Man United. You

never know what could have happened if that had not gone in. It is

disappointing that after all that we did not get anything from the


“I was pleased with the energy we had, especially in the latter

end of the game. The energy that we showed today was


Meanwhile, Allardyce thinks Van Persie could be a decisive

factor in the title race, adding: “Manchester United have lots of

players who will have good spells and can come up trumps when they

need them to.

“Robin van Persie is a quality player and we have largely kept

him quiet.

“But he will score 20 goals for Manchester United, maybe 30. In

the end that is normally the difference.”