West Ham boss hails Morrison after 3-0 victory over Spurs
West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce lauded Ravel Morrison after the young midfielder helped Tottenham Hotspur pick up a memorable 3-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
Morrison stole the spot light by scoring a stunning goal against Spurs and playing a pivotal role in bringing Andre Villas-Boas to the worst defeat he has experienced at White Hart Lane. West Ham stormed into the game and played valiantly till the end, but all of the goalscoring happened in 13 minutes of the second-half.
Winston Reid drew first blood with a goal that made the away fans go wild. Ricardo Vaz Te doubled West Ham United’s lead before Morrison scored a stunning solo goal. The former Manchester United midfielder grabbed the ball in his own half before running past Jan Vertonghen and Michael Dawson and making cheeky finish past goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce claims that Morrison has played very impressively up front in the absence of injured Andy Carroll.
“That was a genius goal,” Allardyce said. “Tottenham had conceded two goals before today, but he just headed directly to Vertonghen and Dawson, slipped them like they weren't there and he used his outstanding ability to dink the goalkeeper. For me you will struggle to see a better goal this season.”
Allardyce made a questionable decision last season when he signed Morrison from Manchester United. Back then Morrison was convicted of two counts of witness intimidation and had paid a penalty of £7,000 from the Football Association for a homophobic tweet.
Unable to settle at West Ham United, Allardyce decided to loan out Morrison to Birmingham City last season. Allardyce now suggests that the 20-year-old has become a changed man during the past year.
“The penny has dropped with him,” Allardyce added. “It has dropped in lifestyle and attitude and his timekeeping, all of a sudden there is a belief that he doesn't want to do anything other than break into our first team. I think that 12-month spell at Birmingham gave him a time to reflect on what it takes to be a player on a week in and out basis.”
Allardyce further said that when he was signing Morrison former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson told him he was signing a player with great potential. Despite such expectations Morrison is believed to be signed at just £1 million.
When I signed him Sir Alex said 'I hope you can sort him out because if you can he will be a genius'. He needed to get away from Manchester and start a new life and it looks like it is paying off for us,” Allardyce added.
“The fans at Tottenham today thought it was going to be a nice easy breeze today, a nice comfortable three points. But the Premier League will tell you that if you think like that you are going to get your backside kicked and they got their backside kicked today.”