Al­lardyce warn­ing to Rooney af­ter derby sub­sti­tu­tion snub

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - FRONT PAGE - ANDY HUNTER

SAM AL­LARDYCE has told Wayne Rooney to vent his frus­tra­tions within the con­fines of the Ever­ton man­ager’s of­fice af­ter the striker re­acted fu­ri­ously to his early sub­sti­tu­tion against Liver­pool. Rooney was with­drawn in the 57th minute of the stale­mate at Good­i­son Park for the sec­ond game in suc­ces­sion as Al­lardyce sought “more legs” in mid­field and an im­prove­ment to a pass­ing game he de­scribed as “a bit woe­ful”.

The for­mer Eng­land cap­tain did not dis­guise his anger at the de­ci­sion, ap­pear­ing to snub his man­ager’s of­fer of a hand­shake as he was re­placed by Idrissa Gana Gu­eye and be­ing caught on cam­era shout­ing “bull­shit”. The 32-yearold had also been re­placed in the 57 th minute of last week­end’s com­pre­hen­sive home de­feat by Manch­ester City.

“He can say what­ever he wants to me in the of­fice but it has to be done be­tween the four walls of the of­fice be­tween me and him,” the Ever­ton man­ager said.

“He’s an Ever­to­nian through and through and he’s been brought off in a derby game. I’d ex­pect a re­ac­tion be­cause that’s how much he cares. That’s fine by me. I wouldn’t ex­pect him to smile and say ‘Al­right gaffer, well done’.

“The three sub­sti­tu­tions, no mat­ter how dis­ap­pointed any­one is when they are sub­sti­tuted, made a big im­pact and al­most helped us win the game. I un­der­stand the ones who get brought off are dis­ap­pointed but I made those de­ci­sions for the ben­e­fit of the team and they ben­e­fited the team today. No­body is too big to be hooked.”

Ever­ton were on the back foot for the ma­jor­ity of the derby but fin­ished the 0-0 draw strongly and should have recorded their first win over Liver­pool in eight years when both Cenk To­sun and Do­minic Calvert-Lewin missed ex­cel­lent chances in the fi­nal min­utes.

Al­lardyce ex­plained: “Our pass­ing some­times got a bit woe­ful and that is why we made the changes. That gave us the legs and that bit more qual­ity.

“I think ev­ery­one would agree Liver­pool were much more pleased when the fi­nal whis­tle went.”

Ever­ton de­fender Sea­mus Cole­man is chal­lenged by Liver­pool’s James Mil­ner dur­ing yes­ter­day’s Mersey­side Derby at Good­i­son Park. Photo: Jan Kruger

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