Friday 15 November 2019

Ten-man Tigers suffer own goal agony

West Ham United 2 Hull City 1

West Ham United's Kevin Nolan (4) celebrates an own goal by Hull City's James Chester
West Ham United's Kevin Nolan (4) celebrates an own goal by Hull City's James Chester
West Ham's Andy Carroll and Hull's James Chester battle for possession
West Ham United's Joe Cole (front) challenges Hull City's Curtis Davies

Having bemoaned his team's luck during a run of three successive defeats, Sam Allardyce could not deny fortune was on West Ham's side as a Mark Noble penalty and James Chester own goal secured victory over a Hull side reduced to 10 men by the first-half dismissal of goalkeeper Alan McGregor.

The win moved the Hammers up to 11th place in the league, nine points clear of the bottom three.

The Upton Park club's relegation fears may not have been eased had Mike Dean viewed the clash between Mohamed Diame and McGregor that led to the red card and Noble's 35th minute opening goal differently.

The referee, in conjunction with his assistant Scott Ledger who was on duty at Stamford Bridge on Saturday when Arsenal's Kieran Gibbs was controversially sent off, overlooked a potential handball by Diame.

Hull forced their way back into the game early in the second half through striker Nikica Jelavic, but Chester's 54th minute own goal confirmed this would not be the visitors night.

West Ham's recent run had threatened to undo the good work of February when four successive victories moved the club up to mid-table and earned Allardyce the manager of the month award.

Three subsequent defeats ahead of this game swept away any sense of complacency, with Allardyce insisting his side had suffered from a series of refereeing mistakes.

The manager could have no such complaints on this occasion. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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