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Big Sam 'didn't hear' chanting

Sam Allardyce insists he did not hear the chanting by West Ham fans which marred their derby with Spurs.

Spurs won the game 3-1 but the main talking point after it was not matters on the pitch but the anti-Semetic abuse coming from the away support.

Hammers boss Allardyce insists though that he was concentrating on the football.

"I didn't hear it," he said. "I don't hear what the fans say or do when I'm concentrating as a manager on a game of football.

"They shouldn't be doing things like that, it is the least of my worries at the minute isn't it? What do you want me to say? If I didn't hear it I can't condemn it can I?

"I will wait and look at it myself and make a comment once I have listened to what they have said.

"I don't want to be a political animal, I'm here to talk about football and not what fans are saying and singing."

On the match itself Allardyce admitted he was not happy with his team.

"You can accept defeat when you know your players have played their best and we haven't done that today," he said.

"I don't accept the way my players have played today and I want them to bounce back."