Saturday 21 July 2018

Moyes anger at Wilson's late leveller

Bournemouth 3 West Ham Utd 3

Players surround referee Robert Madley after he makes a decision regarding Bournemouth's late equaliser. Photo: REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Players surround referee Robert Madley after he makes a decision regarding Bournemouth's late equaliser. Photo: REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Nick Purewal

David Moyes believes referee Bobby Madley overruled his assistant Simon Long to award Bournemouth a controversial equaliser.

Hammers boss Moyes admitted to being left mystified as to how Madley and his assistant Long came to the conclusion to award Callum Wilson's added-time goal.

Marko Arnautovic's double in the last 10 minutes stole West Ham a 3-2 lead, only for Wilson to bundle home Nathan Ake's header.

West Ham were adamant that Wilson had brushed the ball home with his arm, while assistant referee Long raised his flag, sparking a lengthy debate with Madley.

"When the linesman's flag goes up you think, 'We've got out of jail there a bit'," said Moyes. "But to overrule the linesman's decision, I couldn't believe. I think you could question the offside, because it looks pretty level. But what you can't do is question that the Bournemouth player (Wilson) put it in with the top of his arm.

"When I saw the commotion I thought there was no way he (Madley) would overturn it," added Moyes, who tried to keep his cool about the referee's overall performance. "I think he said the assistant referee only put his flag up to draw attention to it, and I've never heard of that ever," said Moyes, who confronted the referee on the field at full-time.

James Collins celebrates after giving West Ham an early lead. Photo: REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
James Collins celebrates after giving West Ham an early lead. Photo: REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

"If the assistant referee raises his flag, what would it be for? Offside. Arguably you could say that it was offside, but I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt. But I can't give them any benefit of the doubt for their player raising his hand."

"I didn't think it would be given because of the length of the conversation," agreed Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe. "It looks like we might have got away with one there."

Dan Gosling scores Bournemouth's first goal at the Vitality. Photo: PA
Dan Gosling scores Bournemouth's first goal at the Vitality. Photo: PA
Callum Wilson wins a header. Photo: PA
Callum Wilson wins a header. Photo: PA
West Ham United's Marko Arnautovic taps in their third goal. Photo: REUTERS
West Ham United's Marko Arnautovic taps in their third goal. Photo: REUTERS

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