By Dean White

3rd Nov, 2022 | 10:03pm

Clive Allen slammed Vladimir Coufal after the West Ham right-back almost cost his side a goal early on in their XXX FCSB on Thursday night.

West Ham finished their Europa Conference League group stage campaign by preserving their 100 per cent record at the Arena Naţională in Bucharest, Romania.

However, things could have gone differently when in the third minute of the game, Andrea Compagno had a chance to score courtesy of a poor touch back to goalkeeper Alphonse Areola by Coufal.

Fortunately for the Irons, the 30-year-old’s mishap didn’t lead to FCSB scoring but ex-striker Allen was less than impressed by the Czech international.

“And another incident where they were just a little sloppy,” said Allen on BT Sport 3 on Thursday night [3 November, 08:03pm].

“Coufal with a poor touch that was nearly capitalised on by the centre-forward.

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“He’s trying to play that back first time and in the end, he has to scramble to make a challenge.”

Sloppy, indeed

Coufal had a good game other than that moment.

Although it won’t go down as an assist because officially, the goal will be confirmed as an own goal, Divin Mubama has Coufal to thank for crossing the ball into him to head home West Ham’s second.

Mubama’s header did unfortunately deflect off an FCSB player so he’ll have to wait for his first official goal for the Irons.

However, no one can tell him that because just look at what it meant to him when he celebrated.

Coufal found it too easy against FCSB.

That’s probably why he was so slack in the first half when he almost handed the Romanian side a really good chance to take the lead.

He was fortunate but he cannot make mistakes like that against teams in the Premier League or teams that the Irons will face in the knock-out stages of the Conference League because they will punish us.

Coufal’s had a rocky start to the season and has only played 92 minutes’ worth of action in two appearances in the last five Premier League matches.

He needs to impress David Moyes and the fans and he kind of did that in Romania.