No complaints

Monday 5 November 2001

Hammers star Trevor Sinclair says he was disappointed after Saturday's defeat against Fulham but admitted it was deserved.

Speaking to the West Ham official website Sinclair said:

"I think we were well beaten, we didn't help ourselves in the first half when we gave away a sloppy goal and then for the second we were disappointed we didn't get the foul.

"They have run the whole length of the pitch and scored a good goal. They looked well organised; the better team won and it is all ifs and buts.

"We were a little bit indisciplined when we were chasing a goal at 2-0 down; as a team we can't be diving in and giving silly fouls away.

"Our crowd were annoyed about the decisions but I understood their players' reactions really because they are getting the ball to their feet and getting pushed over, and they could have gone on and scored more."

Controversy further surrounded Paolo Di Canio with photos published in Sunday newspapers, one of which infers he had his hands around Barry Hayles' throat. The other gesticulating to visiting fans.

Despite this Di Canio is said to be considering legal action and Sinclair added:

"Paolo did say after the game that he has never had a good relationship with that referee but I think he could say that about most referees so we ignored that comment.

"But if he hadn't been fouled he could have passed it to me; the ball hadn't run away from him so it would have been pointless him going down if he wasn't fouled, especially the way we were taking free kicks."