West Ham Robbed of A Famous Victory

West Ham United drew 2-2 with the mighty Manchester United in the Premier League last night but were robbed of a famous victory due to the inadequacy of a linesman.

The Hammers’ were up for this game from the first whistle as the game started at a blistering pace, with in form striker Andy Carroll going close after just five minutes when his shot from outside the box whistled past the post of United keeper David De Gea.

West Ham made their bright start and early pressure count in the 16th minute when Matt Jarvis beat his man in the box and floated a ball to the far post which Andy Carroll knocked down beautifully for Ricard Vaz Te to head in from close range to make it 1-0 to our boys!

The Boleyn Ground was rocking and West Ham continued to threaten and control the game up until the half hour mark when United came back into the game and started applying some pressure of their own, their leveller came through some neat footwork in the box from Kagawa who rolled the ball across the 6-yard box for Valencia to poke into an open goal.


Then came the biggest talking point of the match just before half time, Andy Carroll who was fired up went in for a bullet header from a corner only to flatten United keeper David De Gea, Fergie was spitting blood on the sidelines and wanted a red card which I thought would have been harsh as it looked like pure momentum was behind Carroll rather than anything more sinister.

Second Half

United looked like they were going to go straight into the lead at the beginning of the second half but fortunately the chance fell to defender Phil Jones in the box who got his finish horribly wrong giving West Ham a let off.

Carroll had his tail up and was confident enough to take on a 30-yard volley which had De Gea scrambling across his goal but it went just wide.

Then came the goal of the game in the 55th minute, Vaz Te in the corner did a cheeky back heel to Demel who found Diame just outside the box who rolled Rooney before firing in a thunderbolt of a left footed strike straight in the bottom corner from outside the box, Upton Park erupted as it was a magnificent strike worthy of winning any game.

United then came back at West Ham desperately looking for an equalizer, and it came in 77th minute when the impressive Kagawa curled a shot round Jussi only for it to canon of both posts and fall directly for Robin van Persie who was at least a yard offside in the build up and the striker made no mistake from close range making it 2-2.

The Red Devils continued to throw the kitchen sink at West Ham but it proved to be fruitless and the game ended 2-2 with West Ham feeling robbed of what should have been a 2-1 score line if he hadn’t been for the ineptitude of the linesman.

The draw puts West Ham on 39-points and virtually guarantees the clubs place at the top table next season, with Wigan next up at home on Saturday a win would put us onto 42 points and then planning for next year can really start.

Sam Allardyce Reaction

Speaking to SkySports 2 after the game Allardyce said:

The team has played the best they can play and they have scored one of the best goals of the season and the assistant referee takes it away from you.

It’s a bit difficult to take, that’s their job, it’s their job to give the offside decisions that appear in front of them. This is a blatant one, this is not a position he should or shouldn’t be in. He can see Van Persie is two yards offside, he should put his flag up, he doesn’t.

Feguson Reaction

Fergie was not exactly full of praise for West Ham and complained Carroll should have been sent off and called us a bunch of hackers and long ball merchants in all but name! Speaking to SkySports 2 also he said:

I think it’s obvious (Andy Carroll foul on De Gea), I don’t think we need to dwell on that, it’s an obvious red card but the referee has seen it differently.

We know how they play, the ball is in the air most of the time. You’ve got to defend those things and they’re very, very aggressive so you hope there’s a strong referee. I’m not so sure we got that tonight.

Ah bless for once Fergie didn’t get what he want but strangely enough he suffered from some Wenger vision when he failed to see the blatant offside!

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  1. Robbed indeed lads, never mind Fergie will be happy with that getaway!

  2. Did the ball not deflect off a west Ham player onto the post how can he be offside.?

  3. players were shown yellow or red card by the referee for the fouls they commited, how about the referee and his assistants for making wrongful stupid judgements in the game ? Should they be punished as well ? FIFA Fair Play right ?

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