West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce has backed Hull City's defensive game style in the wake of their 1-0 loss to Tottenham last week.

Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas was critical of the Tigers after it took his side 80 minutes to break down their defence but Hammers manager Allardyce believes it is unwarranted negativity.

"They do the same - you might say - when they play away in Europe, they'll play the same way," Allardyce told Sky Sports News.

"Chelsea will go to Schalke and play on the break, Manchester United will go to Bayern Munich and play the same way.

"They all play that way themselves, so they can't really criticise a team that comes to them and sits behind the ball.

"To hear a manager moaning about that! He should really watch what he's saying because when he does it he wants to get some praise for it if he ends up winning."

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