Friday 15 December 2017

Referee got it wrong -- Grant

Wolves 1 West Ham 1

Phil Medlicott

West Ham boss Avram Grant felt his side were denied a legitimate goal in stoppage time against Wolves as the Londoners' search for an away win in the Premier League continued.

After Mark Noble's penalty had cancelled out Matt Jarvis' first-half opener at Molineux, Hammers frontman Frederic Piquionne thought he had netted a late winner when he put the ball past Marcus Hahnemann in the dying moments of the match.

However, referee Mark Clattenburg judged that Piquionne had handled before shooting and booked the striker, with the game ending 1-1.

West Ham, who remain bottom of the table, have now gone 22 league fixtures on the road without tasting victory since they triumphed 2-0 at Wolves on the opening day of last season, and although he did not have too many harsh words for Clattenburg, Grant was sure the official had got the Piquionne decision wrong.

"All of us have seen it now on the television and we saw that it was a goal," Grant said.

"Mark, in my opinion, is one of the best referees. He is a very good referee and they are human beings who make mistakes, but unfortunately it was against us and it cost us two points.

"It is not the first time it has happened to us. It happened in the first game against Aston Villa, the first goal against (Manchester) United, the first goal against Bolton -- all mistakes of the referee.''

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