Football - Big Sam left to stew

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce admitted a mistake at both ends cost his side as they crashed 1-0 at Reading.

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James Collins' error let in Pavel Pogrebnyak for Reading's winner while substitute Ricardo Vaz Te was guilty of a glaring four-yard miss .

"James Collins makes a basic error, they take advantage of it then Vaz Te misses the chance," said Allardyce.

"He had the easiest chance to score a goal you'll ever see in a Premier League football match and misses it - hence no points. You make those types of mistakes, you can't expect to get anything out of a game at this level.

"Once they got the goal they wouldn't want to come out and play. They wanted to protect the goal we'd gifted them. The loss of the goal disrupted our flow."

Collins made a similar mistake when West Ham were beaten 3-0 at Swansea earlier in the campaign but Allardyce felt his players should have produced more to make the former Aston Villa defender feel slightly better about himself.

"I never thought I'd see James make that type of error again - he did it at Swansea," he said.

"He has been one of our most consistent from that time but lo and behold he has a simple back-pass he misplaces and they take advantage of it.

"The lads should have got him out of the mire. We should've got at least a point and then it wouldn't by lying as heavily on him as it is now. He's distraught at the moment. He knows what that mistake has meant. He has to get over it."

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