David Moyes insists West Ham were ‘due a decision or two’ after more VAR controversy

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David Moyes claims West Ham were ‘due a decision or two’ after more VAR controversy helped the Hammers beat Bournemouth… as the Scot said he welcomes the upcoming World Cup break as his side try to bounce back from their poor start to the season

  • Moyes’ side beat the Cherries 2-0 on Monday after two controversial VAR calls
  • The Hammers moved up to 10th in the Premier League table with the victory
  • Moyes said the upcoming World Cup break will help keep his players’ fitness up

David Moyes believes his West Ham side were ‘due a decision’ after the Hammers beat Bournemouth 2-0 via two controversial VAR calls on Monday.

The Hammers’ first goal was allowed to stand despite a lengthy check for a handball by Thilo Kehrer, before they were awarded a penalty late on after Jordan Zemura was adjudged to have handled Vladimir Coufal’s cross on review.

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Moyes, speaking to Sky Sports after the game, said ‘everybody thinks’ they are due a decision, before echoing other managers’ views in asking for consistency.

David Moyes has insisted West Ham were ‘due a decision’ after their win over Bournemouth

The Hammers' first goal in the 2-0 win was allowed to stand despite a handball by Thilo Kehrer

The Hammers’ first goal in the 2-0 win was allowed to stand despite a handball by Thilo Kehrer

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Said Benrahma then scored a penalty after a handball call against Jordan Zemura on VAR

‘I do think we were due a decision or two’, the Scot said. ‘But everybody thinks they’re due one. 

‘There’s been some strange ones. I can’t quite work out why we didn’t get one against Southampton the other weekend and then I watch Chelsea and Manchester United and they get one exactly the same.

‘It’s not easy to be a referee – I don’t think any of us would like to be a referee – but you hope that there’s a little bit of consistency.’

Referee David Coote originally didn't give a penalty, but changed the call after VAR intervened

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Referee David Coote originally didn’t give a penalty, but changed the call after VAR intervened

The Hammers have had a slow start to the season and would have found themselves 17th in the table had they lost, but the win meant they moved up to 10th.

Moyes admitted his side’s start to the campaign was below par, but praised his team for bouncing back and welcomed the upcoming break for the World Cup

‘I hope (that the break helps), but it’s something no clubs have really done before’, he said.

‘It’s about how you deal with the winter, when you train, how you train, what friendlies you take on. 

‘For example, Nayef Aguerd will go and play for Morocco and in a way that will help us because it’s unlikely that he’ll be ready for any Premier League game before the World Cup. He may well be, but then there’s the other ones where there’s a lot of really good players that have to go to the World Cup and then come back.

West Ham moved up to 10th in the Premier League table after a slow start to the season

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West Ham moved up to 10th in the Premier League table after a slow start to the season

Moyes welcomed the World Cup break as a chance to give players like Nayef Aguerd minutes

Moyes welcomed the World Cup break as a chance to give players like Nayef Aguerd minutes

‘We didn’t get off to a good start but we’re climbing our way back now, maybe chasing.

‘Last year we were fourth for long periods and getting a lot of talk about Champions League and we didn’t have a strong enough squad to deal with that and Europe, so this year we’ve strengthened the squad and I think we’ve bought good players in.

‘That little time for me to see how they settle is sometimes required.’

The Hammers face Silkeborg at home in the Europa Conference League on Thursday before a trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United on Sunday.

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