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Big Sam steps in to defend Olsson

Big Sam has defended his own player Martin Olsson after he has become the victim of a bit of a backlash for his dive against Burnley last Sunday.

Olsson admitted after the game that he facilitated his fall and expect a yellow card for his troubles, only to find the penalty awarded.

But Big Sam hs taken a stance against the baying mob with the following comments.

Allardyce, speaking to Sky Sports said - 'I'm not sure, first and foremost, that Martin said what he did, but unfortunately for him and us, he's been criticised unfairly,'

'We all know he has gone down easily, anticipating a challenge that was going to come.

'From where I was sat in the directors' box there was no doubt at all in my mind it was a penalty.

'From Mike Dean's position there was no doubt as well, but we can see from other angles after the game that it wasn't.

'In fairness, the times we've been hard done by outweighs 10-fold the fact we got this one in our favour.'

To be fair to Martin, yes he did dive and he put his hands up.

I am not condoning the cheating but he is hardly the first is he? And furthermore at least he can man up and admit unlike some others... Steven Gerrard springs to mind.

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Writer: Mikey Delap Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday April 2 2010

Time: 8:15AM

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Getting a bit out of hand isnt it?!
Mikey Delap
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02/04/2010 08:32:00

Personally it wouldn't have got anywhere near out of hand as it has had Olsson not said anything?? Well that is of course if he really has said what he is meant to have?? Which (if he has) the dude has been stupid with these things really!! It's best for everyone to let this go now and let it blow over, and it will be all the time Olsson and Big Sam rise to the bait of questions asked about it it'll carry on.
Walker
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02/04/2010 08:36:00

To be fair I hope now he stays firmly on his feet - if he goes down in the box again I wonder if refs will think twice before awarding a penalty. I didn't like it when Bentley was doing it, Morten started trying it and now Olssen - I'm glad he admitted it but I think he should now let his football do the talking.
FreidelNo.1
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02/04/2010 12:11:00

Morten and Diouf are worse than Olsson!!!
Mikey Delap
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02/04/2010 14:45:00

 

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