Allardyce avoids FA action

BY foxsports • April 18, 2013

Tottenham defender Michael Dawson believes the home support can play a vital role when Manchester City visit White Hart Lane on Sunday.

Dawson expects City to be on a high, with Premier League victories over bitter rivals Manchester United and Wigan coming either side of the FA Cup semi-final win against Chelsea.

Spurs will be eyeing a victory over City, as well as a winning run of matches against Wigan, Southampton, Chelsea, Stoke and Sunderland, to maximise their chances of finishing in the Premier League top four.

"There is no better place than White Hart Lane when it's rocking and that support can make such a difference," said Dawson.

"When the players are performing and the fans are behind us, they are our 12th man, just like they were recently against Arsenal. We'd all love a repeat of that.

"There are a lot of points to play for and we have to be positive. City have picked up their form, had great result against United and then in the FA Cup semi-final.

"They will be full of confidence and have some great players but coming to the Lane, the place will be rocking and hopefully we'll perform well and get the right result."

Molyneux, a defender by trade, came off the bench to bag a spectacular brace from midfield as Stanley beat Rochdale 3-0 in February to kick-start their League Two survival hopes.

A first-half hat-trick against Barnet followed, along with strikes in the victories over AFC Wimbledon and Wycombe, the latter a last-minute winner on Good Friday.

"He's been doing really well," Amond said. "The amount of goals he's scored has been a bit of a surprise for us because when he initially came he was a left-back.

"But he was pushed further up the pitch and since the Rochdale game when he came on and scored two his confidence has been sky high.

"He's been a very, very big part of what's happened over the last seven or eight weeks.

"Hopefully he can get a couple more before the end of the season but I think it's time that a couple of the other lads like myself started chipping in because we don't want to leave it all on him.

"Teams are going to be trying to suss him out now. They're going to try and double up on him as well. If they do that there's going to be players free."

Allardyce was upset that assistant referee Harry Lennard has failed to spot Robin van Persie was offside when he scored United's second equaliser of the game and claimed it had cost the Hammers a "famous win".

There was a suggestion the 58-year-old may have had to explain his comments to the FA but the governing body has confirmed it will not be pursuing a disciplinary case.

After seeing his side take the lead twice against the Premier League leaders Allardyce questioned the level of officiating and feels more should be done to improve the overall standard of referees and their assistants.

"I think it is a big decision that has possibly taken the famous victory away from us," he said immediately after the match.

"To play as well as we did today and score the types of goals we scored - when you see it is an offside goal that is bitterly disappointing.

"This level of football has to be equalled by the level of the officials who are in charge of the game.

"His [Lennard's] coaches have to coach him properly and coach him into getting better - that is why they are professional these days.

"They need coaching on the good decisions, with a pat on the back, but also they need coaching on when they haven't made the right call. It is a major decision that has gone against us."

Allardyce has already landed himself in hot water with the FA this season, coincidentally after an FA Cup tie against United.

The former Blackburn boss was fined ?8,000 back in February for suggesting United had gained from home advantage after the Red Devils won their third-round replay against West Ham 1-0.


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