West Ham visit Reading on Saturday.

The Hammers boss saw his side reduced to ten men against Everton last Saturday following Carlton Cole’s controversial red card. While the outcome of the appeal is yet to be heard, Allardyce is planning for the trip to Berkshire without last season’s top scorer.

And Big Sam has admitted in an interview published on the Hammers’ official website, that the club would badly miss Cole, if the appeal against his ban proves unsuccessful, while fellow striker Andy Carroll continues to be sidelined through injury.

“We couldn’t afford to lose Carlton Cole, not just the fact that we went on to lose the game because of that but because he may now miss at Reading. That is a massive blow to us,” Allardyce said.

“We will appeal Carlton Cole’s sending off because we need Carlton for Reading. Losing him for three games will be a severe blow that we can’t cope with Andy Carroll being out as well.”

With Ricardo Vaz Te still out injured, West Ham’s only other fit recognised forward is Modibo Maiga, but Allardyce feels the Malian lacks the necessary Premier League experience to make the starting XI.

The 25-year-old, who can also play on the wing, moved to Upton Park this summer from French club Sochaux for a fee of £5million.

“Modibo has made an impact from the sub’s bench but we don’t think he’s ready to start a game in the Premier League as it’s a big jump from the French league to the Barclays Premier League,” the Hammers boss added.


  • pete
    3 years ago

    Home come Gibsons appeal has been heard and he is clear to play while Cole is still in doubt?

    • Helen
      3 years ago

      Gibson’s appeal hasnt been heard they are both being done today 27th that’s why he was able to play yesterday. If his appeal fails he will be banned for the next 3 games as will Cole.

  • Phil the iron
    3 years ago

    Although I can see why the ref sent both players off(foot up/dangerous play) I just cannot fathom for the life of me how ginge gets deliberately kicked in the head and not only was there no red card but not even a passing mention of it post match or since. Why has it been ignored even after Big Sam raised the matter in his post match interview! If it had been a mickey mouser or one of the so called golden four you can bet we would have and continued to hear all about it!