Sam Allardyce reflects on 'avoidable' West Brom defeat to Leeds United at Elland Road

OUTGOING West Brom boss Sam Allardyce felt all three of Leeds United's goals should have been avoided in Sunday's defeat at Elland Road on the final day of the Premier League season.

Sunday, 23rd May 2021, 7:35 pm
Updated Sunday, 23rd May 2021, 7:40 pm

Allardyce's already-relegated Baggies began brightly but went 1-0 down when Rodrigo headed home Raphinha's vicious corner.

Kalvin Phillips then doubled United's advantage as his free-kick from the edge of the box bounced past keeper Sam Johnstone and Leeds added a third goal with a second half penalty.

Jack Harrison's crossfield pass from the left hit Okay Yokuslu's arm and Patrick Bamford stepped up to slam home his 17th goal of the season, after which Hal Robson-Kanu bagged a late Baggies consolation when capitalising on a rare mistake by Kalvin Phillips.

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DISAPPOINTED: Outgoing West Brom boss Sam Allardyce, centre, interacts with Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa, left, after Sunday's 3-1 defeat at Elland Road. Photo by Lynne Cameron - Pool/Getty Images.

Pressed on whether the scoreline had not reflected his side's performance and for his assessment of the game as a whole, Allardyce told BT Sport: "It's the same old same old unfortunately and particularly today because all three of Leeds' goals should have been avoided.

"We have got a performance in between but conceded off a corner and a free-kick which we covered yesterday in great detail.

"That's so disappointing after the start we have made and then the penalty probably summed it up for us in that no matter how many chances we had at the other end and there were quite a few, we weren't good enough, as always, as has been most of the problem this year, to convert them.

"Even when we looked like we had a bit of luck it hit the post and came off so very much of a muchness, football wise, tactics wise, effort good but moments of concentration lapses and goals conceded that should easily have been avoided.

"You can't give away goals like we did and expect to win unfortunately."

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Thank you Laura Collins