Sam Allardyce warns West Ham after late defeat


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West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has urged his players not to throw away points at home after a late winner by former Hammer Lee Bowyer earned Ipswich a 1-0 npower Championship win.

Allardyce was counting the cost of that defeat which hampers his side's bid to exert early authority in the race for promotion to the Barclays premier League.

Allardyce said: "We can't afford to throw points away and more importantly at Upton Park and that is four points we have thrown away late at home.

"This means we have to make these points up when we go away and we won't keep winning away so we need to sort it out. If we want to get to where we want to get to then this isn't good enough."

Ipswich manager Paul Jewell was full of praise for his players after they stretched their unbeaten run to three games.

He said: "This was our third game in eight days with pretty much the same squad and same team but I thought we deserved the win, particularly the way we played in the first half.

"Football is a funny old game though and we have a confidence in the team now where a month ago we looked bereft of ideas and couldn't pick our feet up."

Derby manager Nigel Clough saw his high-flyers come from behind to draw 1-1 with Barnsley at Pride Park but was still rueing missed chances.

Keith Hill's team took a first-half lead through skipper Jason Butterfield but Steven Davies levelled with a penalty for Derby in the second half.

Clough said: "I think we were camped not just in their half but in their penalty area for long spells and if something had dropped we might have got the winner, but hopefully we might get something on Saturday when we might not deserve it as much as tonight."

Doncaster manager Dean Saunders has turned his attention to signing experienced Premier League duo Pascal Chimbonda and El-Hadji Diouf to his squad in the coming days.

Simon Gillett earned Doncaster a 1-1 draw after Martyn Waghorn had given Hull the lead.

Saunders said: "I spoke to him (Chimbonda) before the game. I haven't discussed the ins and outs but he's obviously interested or he wouldn't be here. To sign a player like him at this club would be brilliant. He's gone for millions and millions in his career and it would be brilliant.

"I will discuss with him what he wants to do. He looks fit and is a class player and if I could get him in he would make such a difference to the whole club."

On Diouf, Saunders added: "I'm hopeful it might happen."

Nottingham Forest's poor start to the season continued as they lost 5-1 at Burnley, increasing the pressure on former England manager Steve McClaren.

Brighton lost 3-1 to Crystal Palace, Bristol City lost 3-2 at home to Reading, Blackpool drew 2-2 at Coventry, Peterborough won 3-2 at Portsmouth and Watford won 2-1 at home to Millwall.