Sam Allardyce sent a stern message to his West Brom players after losing his first game in charge of the club.
Allardyce oversaw the squad he has inherited lose 3-0 to Aston Villa on Sunday night. It was a disappointing day for Allardyce right from the start, when they went behind inside five minutes.
The new boss was not happy with the manner of the goal – nor the way Jake Livermore got a red card later in the first half.
He told BT Sport: “I think that starting off and dreaming on the first goal was something I was not pleased about after four minutes and it is a simple cross, not a great cross, and we are ball watching to go 1-0 down.
“We kept it tight and I was concerned whether we would keep our shape and we were trying, not that successfuly, but the sending off has completely thrown it agaisnt us. That was the last thing we needed.
“If we are to go anywhere, this is the third red I believe, you cannot lose control, you cannot get people injured. The last thing we need to top it is to have people getting Covid.
“You don’t need to make a tackle like that, Jake Livermore is an experienced player and he has decided for whatever reason to lunge at him. When the VAR has to look at it, you fear the worst, I have to agree with the decision.
“But the Kortney Hause tackle on Grady Diangana, why has VAR not asked the referee to look at the screen? We might have got the same decision.
“He jumped down his shin and down his ankle, I don’t know whether that is inconsistency or not. I have been here one minute and already talking about VAR.”
West Brom would stay up with ‘a Jack Grealish’
One individual who has stood up for Villa this season has been Jack Grealish. He won the penalty that led to the final goal and was also the player fouled for Livermore’s red card.
Allardyce praised the player, claiming his side would be much better off if they had someone like him too.
He added: “There were a couple of errors, we miscleared the first one and he tucked it away and the second one is the only way to stop Jack Grealish.
“He is an outstanding individual, one Aston Villa will be delighted to have. If we had a Jack Grealish, with all due respect to my players, we would stay up.”
Allardyce quickly turned his attention to the next couple of games on the horizon, against Liverpool and Leeds.
He believes his side must start with the basics if they are to improve on his first result.
He concluded: “Anfield, an easy one next, then two days later Leeds. We just have to try and make sure we do not do what we did today ever again, switch off and get a player sent off.”