Sam Allardyce has brushed off Wayne Rooney's frustration at being substituted

Carrie Guzman
April 9, 2018

Rooney cut a frustrated figure as he took his place on the bench and appeared to call the decision to take him off as "bullshit".

"We needed more legs", Allardyce told Sky Sports when asked about the change. That gave us a bit more impetus in midfield.

However, Allardyce indicated that he would continue to use Rooney in a midfield role because of injuries and the failure of Davy Klaassen, signed for £24million from Ajax last June, to establish himself in the team. "Gana" was always going to get on the pitch and we know how much energy he's got. It's because it's Everton v Liverpool isn't it?

Regarding Rooney's reaction, Allardyce said: "That's the way the game goes, nobody is too big to be brought off". He's bound to be disappointed, there's no doubt.

"I've played Liverpool with other teams I've been with and we've won or drew and I've won at the big boys before so I know how to do it but it's a derby which makes it extra hard".

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"I think that in the end when you finish the game as strongly as that and put Liverpool under pressure, you can say we're unlucky, particularly the Cenk header and Dominic's chance".

Rooney created no chances for Allardyce's side and had one attempted shot on goal whilst being dispossessed twice.

"The second half basis was the pleasing thing". Coleman said: "We felt that Liverpool would be happier than us with a point but we started slowly and did not get to grips with the game".

"I think we got apprehensive about chasing the ball too much and then giving it away too easy".

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