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Allardyce asks for some perspective on two-footed tackles

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce feels there has been a knee-jerk reaction surrounding two-footed tackles. Allardyce is without his captain Kevin Nolan after he was sent off for lunging in at Millwall's Jack Smith last weekend.

"There's a hysteria in the game in this country that every two-footed challenge is a red card and the referees are being put under pressure to give a red card, whether it's a dangerous challenge or not," said Allardyce.

"I can't remember a player being stretchered off from a two-footed challenge - at West Ham, Blackburn, Newcastle and Bolton, in 10 years of management, I can't remember a two-footed challenge, going to ground, injuring a player.

"There's a hysteria about it unfortunately, but I can't say that it's dangerous. It looks bad, but we are not on about looking bad. There are tackles that don't look bad that are far worse than that, believe me."

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