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Sam Allardyce defends style of play and suggests Everton fans will never all agree

By Nathan Salt For Mailonline

Published: 18:37 EDT, 23 April 2018 | Updated: 18:56 EDT, 23 April 2018

Sam Allardyce defended his style of play in the wake of fresh criticism from Everton supporters despite the Toffees' 1-0 win over Newcastle on Monday night.

A banner which was unfurled in the Gwladys Street End at Goodison Park read, 'our survey says... get out of our club,' citing the club's controversial online questionnaire gathering thoughts on Allardyce as a manager. 

But after Theo Walcott's goal saw Everton rise to eighth in the Premier League, Allardyce came out on the defensive in his post-match interview and suggested it was opponents Newcastle who deployed 'negative' tactics. 

Sam Allardyce defended his style after Everton fans show they do not want him in charge
Sam Allardyce defended his style after Everton fans show they do not want him in charge

Sam Allardyce defended his style after Everton fans show they do not want him in charge

A banner was unfurled in the Gwladys Street End with the message: 'Get out of our club'
A banner was unfurled in the Gwladys Street End with the message: 'Get out of our club'

A banner was unfurled in the Gwladys Street End with the message: 'Get out of our club'

But Allardyce insisted it was Newcastle who deployed 'negative' tactics on Monday evening
But Allardyce insisted it was Newcastle who deployed 'negative' tactics on Monday evening

But Allardyce insisted it was Newcastle who deployed 'negative' tactics on Monday evening

'What’s wrong with our style today?' Allardyce said on Sky Sports.

'[We've] completely dominated the game and out-passed the opposition in the opposition's half. We found it very difficult to break them down as obviously their negative tactic of dropping ten players in their own half. 

'You have to be patient, we were patient but you couldn’t knock our football. You could knock passes going astray but in all fairness you can’t really blame me for that one, can you? I’m not out there passing the ball, the lads do.'

Fans have been left unimpressed with the Englishman's tactical approach in matches having previously seen the flair-first approaches of Roberto Martinez and Ronald Koeman. 

The experienced boss went further to suggest fans will never unanimously agree on a coach
The experienced boss went further to suggest fans will never unanimously agree on a coach

The experienced boss went further to suggest fans will never unanimously agree on a coach

He has taken them from the bottom five to the top half but fans remain unhappy with his tenure
He has taken them from the bottom five to the top half but fans remain unhappy with his tenure

He has taken them from the bottom five to the top half but fans remain unhappy with his tenure

But having steered the Blues firmly away from danger after taking over from David Unsworth, Allardyce believes fans will never agree on who the best man for the job is.

'If we lose next week they won’t be there will they? It will be the same again,' he added. 

'We’ll all be rubbish if we lose next week but if we win we'll be OK. Let's keep winning then so we don't get the criticism. 

'But as a manager when does every fan like the manager? I’m working with a squad of players that I’ve inherited and all the staff behind the scenes are striving to make them better. 

Theo Walcott's goal was all that separated the sides on the night as Everton rose to eighth
Theo Walcott's goal was all that separated the sides on the night as Everton rose to eighth

Theo Walcott's goal was all that separated the sides on the night as Everton rose to eighth

'I think eighth in the league compared to fifth from bottom shows we are getting them better. 

'The Everton fans demand that the club finishes higher and deliver more consistent results - I accept all that. Don't you think I want the same? Yes I do. If we all work together, all stick together, slowly but surely we’ll get there.' 

Everton travel to face David Wagner's Huddersfield Town next weekend before concluding the season with matches against Southampton and West Ham.  

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