Allardyce fumes over penalty, but Rooney miss angers Fergie

Jan 17, 2013

West Ham boss blames official as his side are knocked out of FA Cup by Man United

WEST HAM boss Sam Allardyce could face an FA charge after taking out his frustrations on the referee after his side were knocked out of the FA Cup by Manchester United, but Alex Ferguson was also angry after his side fluffed yet another penalty.

Already leading 1-0, United were awarded a late penalty for a handball by Hammers defender Jordan Spence, but Allardyce was furious that his side were not given a spot kick of their own for what looked like a similar offence at the other end of the pitch by Rafael earlier in the game. And he implied that referee Phil Dowd was a 'homer' who was biased in favour of United, according to the Daily Mail.

"The one difference between Rafael's handball and Spence's was that Jordan plays for West Ham away against Manchester United and Rafael plays at home at Old Trafford," he raged. "It's got to be that simple."

In the event, United wasted their penalty as Wayne Rooney blasted over from 12 yards, but they held on to win 1-0 - Rooney had scored in the first half - and booked a place in the fourth round, where they face another London club, Fulham.

Despite the win Alex Ferguson was unhappy because Rooney's penalty miss was his fifth in the last nine attempts, and his second of the season.

Penalty-taking has proved to be something of a problem for United this term. It is not only Rooney who has been off target: Robin van Persie, Javier Hernandez and Nani have all fluffed spot kicks this campaign.

Ferguson said that missing penalties could not be regarded as "one of those things" and pointed to penalty takers like Rickie Lambert of Southampton who has a record of 33 goals from 33 attempts.

"Your penalty kicks should be to take advantage of whether it's a handball or a foul and you should score a goal," moaned Fergie, whose side have scored four but missed five so far this season.

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