Sam Allardyce slammed James Tomkins’s embarrassing playacting on Thursday, saying the defender should show more ‘maturity’.
Tomkins, 25, was the top of discussion on social media last weekend after he tried to get Everton's Kevin Mirallas sent off in the 2-1 defeat by Roberto Martinez's side at Goodison Park last weekend.
Tomkins was pushed in the chest by the Toffee's forward Mirallas but the Hammers defender decided to fall to the ground holding his face in an attempt to get Mirallas sent off by referee Mark Clattenburg.
Tomkins apologised and told the Newham Recorder: ‘Looking back it’s not the way to react.
‘The lad was over the top and pushed me with two hands, but from me it was just a reaction, it happens so quick and you don’t think at the time.’
The West Ham boss also criticised his player's attitude on Thursday, saying: ‘It was rather silly what James did. He understands that. He knows what he did was not right and ultimately he shouldn’t be getting involved in the first place.
‘It was not the type of reaction you want to see from your players. It’s about maturity isn’t it? It’s about learning from your mistakes, Sam Allardyce added.
'We all make mistakes and those who become better people and better players are the ones that don’t make those mistakes again’.