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West Ham boss Allardyce accepts Joe Cole upset

West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce knows Joe Cole was upset being hooked during defeat to Chelsea last week.

Allardyce wrote in the London Evening Standard: "I understood Joe Cole's frustration when he was taken off before half-time against Chelsea but I had to do something. In fact, I had made the decision to change things after the first goal [after 21 minutes] but just as we were about to make the substitutions, Chelsea scored a second. I was gutted.

"In that position you have to accept you are going to be criticised whatever you do but the reality now is we have to win a game of football and it is my job to show the players, confidently and quietly, the way to do it. They've done it before and can do it again."

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