Allardyce: West Brom ‘lacked concentration’ in shock FA Cup loss

West Brom boss Sam Allardyce acknowledged his team’s ‘lapses in concentration’ as they crashed out of the FA Cup by losing to Blackpool.

The League One side held them to a 2-2 draw in full time, going on to win 3-2 in a penalty shoot out.

Blackpool took the lead in the 40th-minute as Jerry Yates finished from close range after being found by Bez Lubala.

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Semi Ajayi’s towering header brought the Baggies level, but they went behind again in the 66th-minute.

Gary Madine swept the ball into the corner from 20 yards after a quick Blackpool move.

It took a Matheus Pereira penalty to keep the Premier League side in the game, which he scored with ten minutes remaining.

Blackpool keeper Chris Maxwell was the hero on the night. He saved three penalties to send them through in the FA Cup.

Speaking after the match, Allardyce told BBC Sport: “The quality of our penalties were not of the right quality to win us the game.

“I saw how tough it would be. The most disappointing thing for me is the goals came from lapses in concentration.

“We came back from it. Was it a penalty? I’m not sure, I haven’t seen it back but [Matheus Pereira’s spot-kick] gave us a chance to win the game.

“We only have one striker fit at the minute after Charlie [Austin] left for QPR. My job now is to raise as much money as we can and get the players we need in January.

“We’re not good at scoring goals and we’re not good at keeping a clean sheet. I need to sort both of those things out. We need to find new players to lift our performances and lift our spirits.”

Allardyce will now prepare his team for their next match in the Premier League. They face Wolves on Saturday 16th January.

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