I won’t criticise ref, but he got penalty call wrong – Bilic

Date published: Sunday 17th April 2016 7:54

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West Ham boss Slaven Bilic refused to criticise referee Jon Moss but insisted he was fooled into giving Leicester a point-saving penalty.

The 10-man Foxes increased their lead at the top of the Premier League to eight points after Leonardo Ulloa’s injury-time spot-kick rescued a 2-2 draw.

The hosts recovered after conceding twice in a breathless final six minutes to Andy Carroll’s penalty and Aaron Cresswell’s stunning volley.


Moss also sent off Jamie Vardy, who opened the scoring in a dramatic game, for diving and was given a security escort off the pitch at the end of the game after a string of controversial decisions.

Ulloa scored after Carroll brought down Jeff Schlupp in stoppage time, but while Bilic sympathised with Moss he insisted he was wrong.

He said: “I’m not eagle-eyed, I’m not an ex-referee, I’m not Howard Webb, I’m a football coach and I don’t want to talk about that.

“On the contrary I would like to say it’s hard for him. Not only here but here you have 32,000 people screaming at every contact in the box, every long ball in the box. If it’s for the home side it’s a penalty or handball.

“If it’s in the other box it’s cheat, dive or whatever. It’s hard, it’s extremely hard for him and the game went like crazy and they were losing and so it was extremely hard for him.

“It’s easy now to say that the refs shouldn’t get influenced by the fans. On paper it is easy to say that. Actually it’s real life.

“Of course it’s not a penalty.”


Bilic on race for fourth

The draw further dented the Hammers’ top four hopes and Bilic insisted his side deserved to win.

He added: “I thought – and I still think – we did enough to win the game. But then at the end we first made a mistake because we had the ball in the middle of the park in a situation where you know they are going to take risks. They don’t care about if they are going to concede one more or not.

“But then you can’t lose the ball in that situation. After that what happened makes us and me feel very frustrated, very disappointed.”

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