Murphy Gets Allardyce Praise

Last updated : 02 January 2012 By Covsupport News Service

Coventry City keeper Joe Murphy was praised for his performance by West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce in West Ham's 1-0 win over the Sky Blues at Upton Park.

Speaking to the Press Association, Allardyce, a former City player said: "We were all relieved when we saw it go in because we were all wondering whether it was going to happen for us or not today on the basis of how many chances we created and how good their keeper was.

"It was an outstanding performance from him (Murphy) and I was just getting a little worried in the last embers of the game that we weren't going to get what we deserved.

"There's always that nagging feeling about the quick breakout that the opposition might get and nick it as we've seen before here against Cardiff and Ipswich but gladly in the end we got what we thoroughly deserved.

"We've played, very, very well today and the only thing I can criticise the lads for is not winning by more goals. Everything else was fantastic.

"Without a doubt the suspended players being back made all the difference because we saw the quality and how we controlled the game and how often we persisted in pressurising Coventry who finally cracked in the end."