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Big Sam bemoans defending

Sam Allardyce admits West Ham's defending was again not good enough as they lost 3-0 to Manchester City in the second leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final.

Goals from Sergio Aguero and a brace from Alvaro Negredo gave City a 9-0 aggregate success over the Hammers to send them to Wembley.

And while West Ham put in an improved performance in comparison to the first leg drubbing, Allardyce admits that their defending was still poor as they went behind just three minutes into the return leg at Upton Park.

"The most disappointing thing was the defensive unit doing what it did in the first few minutes," Allardyce told Sky Sports.

"Man City are a super, super team - but that was not a super, super goal - that was bog standard defending not done correctly and that was really disappointing.

"I thought we may have come back through Kevin Nolan's goal straightaway but as our season is going that was offside.

"You can't do mistakes at this level to the level we did, far too many errors in our half - there was a fair bit of action in Man City's box, but no clear cut chances for the amount of time we had in their final third."

Allardyce admits a potential serious injury to Mo Diame was the real disappointment on the night, with the midfielder stretchered off late on.

On the injuries, he added: "I thought we might have done better and the real killer for us is that.

"First Joe Cole, which is a groin which shouldn't be too long, but it is Mo Diame, which looks serious, really serious."