‘Tonight put doubt in my mind about their dedication’: Sam Allardyce slams West Brom players after five-goal Leeds thrashing… challenging Baggies to ‘get stronger in mind’
- West Brom suffered a humiliating 5-0 thrashing from Leeds on Tuesday evening
- The Baggies’ relegation fears deepened with the loss, still stuck in the drop-zone
- Sam Allardyce questioned his players’ dedication after his third game in charge
Sam Allardyce questioned the fitness and dedication of his West Bromwich Albion players after they were thrashed 5-0 at home by Leeds.
After Romaine Sawyers’ comical own-goal gave the visitors the lead in the ninth minute, Leeds were 4-0 at half-time thanks to further strikes from Ezgjan Alioski, Jack Harrison and Rodrigo, with Raphinha adding a fifth in the 72nd minute.
This was Allardyce’s third game in charge and either side of the unexpected 1-1 draw at Liverpool, there have been heavy home defeats by Aston Villa and Leeds.
Sam Allardyce raged at his players after suffering a 5-0 humiliation from Leeds on Tuesday
A Romaine Sawyers howler saw an own-goal put the visitors ahead, opening the destruction
It was only Allardyce’s third game in charge and he was alerted to the scale of his task
He said: ‘If I pointed a gun at their head and said I’m going to shoot you they’d run as fast as they need to. On the fitness levels of Leeds and us there was a big difference today.
‘I asked the players to look after themselves even better than they are doing away from the club but I’m yet to see whether they have dedicated themselves more.
‘Tonight put a lot of doubt in my mind about their dedication. Leeds didn’t only play us off the field, they ran us off the field.
Leeds ran riot at the Hawthorns, leaving the hosts still six points from safety after 16 games
‘They have to get stronger in mind and it can make you do many things, run farther and faster.’
West Brom are six points adrift of safety and Allardyce added: ‘We have to play our best against teams around us and that’s where our wins have to come from.’
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