Pellegrini bemoans late VAR call in West Ham defeat to Palace

Date published: Sunday 6th October 2019 10:57

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini said his side were “a little bit unlucky” after Crystal Palace had a winning goal given by VAR late on in Saturday’s clash at the London Stadium.

Jordan Ayew was flagged offside as he prodded Martin Kelly’s knock-down into the net three minutes from time.

But after a lengthy VAR review, offside checks on Kelly and Ayew both went Palace’s way by millimetres to condemn West Ham to a dramatic 2-1 defeat.

It came a week after Joshua King was initially flagged offside, only for the decision to be reversed, as the Hammers were held 2-2 at Bournemouth.

Pellegrini‘s frustration was compounded by a penalty awarded for handball against Declan Rice which let Palace back into the match.



Sebastien Haller had given the Hammers the lead early in the second half, but England midfielder Rice looked like he was hailing a taxi when the ball struck him in the area, and Patrick Van Aanholt took full advantage from the spot.

“We created enough chances in the first 45 minutes to be at least one goal in front, we scored in the second half and then came the penalty which the referee decided was intentional handball,” said Hammers boss Pellegrini.

“I don’t want to talk about the refereeing decisions, he’s the referee, we have to accept it. But it’s an instant reaction. I didn’t think Rice wanted to block the ball.

“We are a little bit unlucky with the VAR, in the last game and this one.”

West Ham travel to Goodison Park to face Everton following the international break.

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