Allardyce states two basic fundamentals of football West Brom cannot do

Steve Pearson

West Brom boss Sam Allardyce insisted his side are “not good” at two basic fundamentals of football after falling to an FA Cup upset against League One Blackpool.

West Brom hoped to escape their league woes by advancing to the fourth round of the FA Cup against Blackpool.

The Seasiders twice took the lead, but were pegged back on each occasion to send the game to extra time.

The stalemate continued until penalties, where the Baggies ultimately succumbed to the shock defeat via a 3-2 scoreline from the spot.

Speaking to the BBC after the match, Allardyce delivered an almost entirely negative verdict on his side, stating: “The quality of our penalties were not of the right quality to win us the game.

“I saw how tough it would be. The most disappointing thing for me is the goals came from lapses in concentration.

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“We came back from it. Was it a penalty? I’m not sure, I haven’t seen it back but [Matheus Pereira’s spot-kick] gave us a chance to win the game.

“We only have one striker fit at the minute after Charlie [Austin] left for QPR. My job now is to raise as much money as we can and get the players we need in January.

“We’re not good at scoring goals and we’re not good at keeping a clean sheet. I need to sort both of those things out. We need to find new players to lift our performances and lift our spirits.”