Sunday 4 December 2016

Moyes fumes over Reid's winner

West Ham United 1 Sunderland 0

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Published 23/10/2016 | 02:30

Moyes felt Hammers substitute Jonathan Calleri was in an offside position. Photo: PA
Moyes felt Hammers substitute Jonathan Calleri was in an offside position. Photo: PA

David Moyes is convinced West Ham's stoppage-time winner which floored Sunderland should not have stood. Winston Reid snatched victory for the hosts with the last kick of the match, a shot from the edge of the box through a crowd of players.

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But Black Cats boss Moyes felt Hammers substitute Jonathan Calleri was in an offside position - and in goalkeeper Jordan Pickford's line of sight - as the ball flew past.

West Ham's Winston Reid scores. Photo: Getty
West Ham's Winston Reid scores. Photo: Getty

However, referee Bobby Madley gave the goal and rock-bottom Sunderland were consigned to a seventh defeat from nine matches this season.

"The match official thinks it's onside, I definitely think it's offside," said Moyes. "You could tell by his reaction, he walked towards the linesman, so he was aware there was a problem with it.

"That's what the disappointing thing is. The players earned something from this game - it might not have been pretty, but we are trying to build confidence.

"We should have dealt better with the corner but we still needed a decision to go our way, and it didn't go our way."

Winston Reid celebrates his goal with teammates. Photo: Getty
Winston Reid celebrates his goal with teammates. Photo: Getty

The goal was certainly harsh on Sunderland, who after somehow surviving a Dimitri Payet onslaught for the opening half an hour looked like holding out for a point.

Sunderland simply could not handle the France midfielder in the opening stages. Payet curled one shot inches wide, crashed another against a post and went on a mazy run past four defenders into the area, only to be denied by another save-of-the-season contender by Pickford.

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