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VIDEO: Allardyce “shocked” by West Ham’s two-goal loss to Crystal Palace


ALTERNATIVE CROP West Ham United’s English Manager Sam Allardyce looks on during the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Crystal Palace at Boleyn Ground in Upton Park, East London on February 28, 2015. Crystal Palace won the match 1-3. AFP PHOTO / IAN KINGTON RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. NO USE WITH UNAUTHORIZED AUDIO, VIDEO, DATA, FIXTURE LISTS, CLUB/LEAGUE LOGOS OR “LIVE” SERVICES. ONLINE IN-MATCH USE LIMITED TO 45 IMAGES, NO VIDEO EMULATION. NO USE IN BETTING, GAMES OR SINGLE CLUB/LEAGUE/PLAYER PUBLICATIONS. (Photo credit should read IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images)

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Mark the date as the moment Sam Allardyce’s long shot dreams of European football for West Ham all but died.

The Hammers lost a 3-1 London Derby match to resurgent Crystal Palace, getting their only goal on a Enner Valencia consolation prize in the final stanza of play at the Boleyn Ground.

[ MATCH RECAP: West Ham 1-3 Crystal Palace ]

“I’m shocked,” Allardyce said. “Our level of performance wasn’t where I expected it to be. It’s disappointing when we’ve built expectation levels so high at home. It’s about the basics, really. If we don’t play to our best, we’ll struggle. We warned the lads about Crystal Palace’s set plays because 50% of their goals have come from set-plays. And we’ve conceded from two corners and a free-kick.”

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