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Jan 21, 2013

Allardyce: QPR draw felt like a loss

Sam Allardyce described his West Ham team's 1-1 home draw with QPR as "as big a disappointment" as a defeat.

• Blog: All square for Hammers

The Upton Park side hit 46 crosses on Saturday and generally battered Harry Redknapp's side, who had gone ahead early on through new signing Loic Remy. Despite that, West Ham couldn't produce anything beyond a scrambled Joe Cole equaliser.

"Drawing is probably as big a disappointment as it was losing to Everton and Liverpool [at Upton Park]," Allardyce said. "The time we spent trying to open up the QPR back-line - and the five in front - and continually do it time after time in the second half, has left us continually frustrated."

West Ham's wastefulness was in star contrast to new QPR signing Loic Remy, who took his sole chance of the day. Allardyce, however, expressed some reservations about the French forward's goalscoring and, instead, blamed his own defence for trying to play the offside.

"I suppose only time will tell if he will score more goals. When you look at his goalscoring record for Marseille this year, well it wasn't that good.

"But it was certainly our fault that he scored. We made it very, very easy for him.

"It was something where the centre backs have to remember and, as young as they are and inexperienced as they are, their responsibility when we're attacking is to defend correctly.

"That's a difficult job because you can switch off at any time and get punished at this level. We got punished in that instance.

"They've got to learn from that. They tried to play an offside and all they had to do was stay with the runner and it wouldn't have been a problem.

"As critical as I am as a centre-half, they got lazy. They won't thank me for that for saying it publicly, but hopefully it makes them learn next time hey!?

"It's lazy because you've been told about what he [Remy] can do. They've been told what QPR will try, they'll sit back and wait for the one chance which is what they've done in their last games against Tottenham and Chelsea.

"I said they'll try and do it to us - and if they can do it to Chelsea then they'll do it us if we let them. I told them to make sure we didn't and they did."

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