Panto Villain Madely Robs Hammers Of Undeserved Points

It is the Christmas season and down on the South Coast along with many other traditional holiday resorts Bournemouth do a roaring trade in Pantomime, currently Jack and the Bean Stalk is running at the Pavilion Theatre. If they suddenly need a back up Panto villain then they need look no further than referee Bobby Madley!

It is plainly obvious to anyone with eyes that the home team's last gasp equaliser was incorrectly given, Callum Wilson diverted a Nathan Ake header in, but the goal was initially disallowed for offside before Madley gave it, West Ham were mortified by the decision because Wilson had been in an offside position when Ake's header went across the goal, but worse than that his final touch was with his arm, a clear handball.

"I think he said the assistant referee only put his flag up to draw attention to it, and I've never heard of that ever," said David Moyes."To lose a goal like that is a killer - it's hard to take, If the assistant referee raises his flag, what would it be for? Offside? Arguably you could say that it was offside, but I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt. But I can't give them any benefit of the doubt for their player raising his hand."

Moyes' anger would not have been entirely directed at the malfunctioning referee, because his team were woeful for large parts of the game and were only leading going in to the last minutes courtesy of two howlers from Asmir Begovic in the Bournemouth goal and some clinical finishing from 'Elbows' Arnoutovic who scored a brace despite wearing an incorrectly named shirt during the match!

James Collins put West Ham ahead early in the first half, before Dan Gosling equalised before the break, Ake then scored in the second half, only for Arnautovic to put the visitors within reach of a fifth league win of the season. It seemed that three points were in the bag when 'Elbows' followed up a Chicarito shot which Begovic had pushed straight in to his path, and then came the contentious equaliser.

Realistically Hammers were extremely fortunate to be in a winning position at all because Bournemouth deserved to win for the way they played, they had 26 attempts on goal but the result means they remain third from bottom, a point and a place below a West Ham side that rode their luck and could have been on the receiving end of a 'right hiding' if things had gone the host's way. As it is the feeling of being 'cheated' has to be off set by the reality of how poor West Ham are currently playing against the 'lesser' teams, the midfield in particular looks extremely vulnerable and is an area that David Moyes has clearly identified and knows needs strengthening with upmost urgency.

A final word from a very honest Cherries boss Eddie Howe."It looks like we might have got away with one there, but I thought a draw was the least we deserved. I know it's difficult for West Ham to take." You can say that again Eddie, all the good work done by beating Chelsea and drawing with Arsenal along with destroying Stoke has been negated by the two poor results against Newcastle and Bournemouth, two games that should have yielded at least three points! -Ed

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mcbikeman's picture

Whats the point of raising your game and fighting against the big clubs when you just do not put in any kind of display against those in and around us...its pathetic but hey its also west ham so whats new

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Great performances against,citeh chelski & the arse & then 1 point from 2 games against teams around us...though can you imagine the likes of moanrinho if a decision like yesterday went against the mancs? the refs are getting worse,been saying it for donkey years,time for video technology for important decisions!!

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mcbikeman's picture

is the first game in this country that will have the video ref....going to be interesting

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Burkie 1's picture

You've no idea how much i hate bringing it up but see my earlier post "typical west ham "

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Burkie 1

That technology could take the excitement out of the game for some people,but imo the modern game is too fast for a lot of the refs...those 2 points yesterday could be the difference between us staying up or going down!

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moore 6 legend's picture

Knowing our luck dave,them 2 pts most probably will be mate,but it don't take away the fact that we are going backwards again,since moyes come out with I could manage any club in the world after holding our own with the so-called big boys games,we have struggled and shipping goals yet again.

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Do you reckon hes taken lessons from the master of the charm school - Mr Sullivan!!;)

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moore 6 legend's picture

Yeah lol,the king of bullshit.

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asheshammer's picture

I don't think you can put it any better than that.

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There are only 2 reasons I can think of why the ref would over rule the linesman 1 he is certain it was a goal (clearly it wasn't) and 2 the ref has such an ego and arrogance to him he thinks he knows better. Hard to make a fist of an arguement that we were robbed. Playing badly is one thing not holding defensively firm for the final remaining few minutes before their goal is just too much!

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The referee looked totally ticked off when he awarded a goal and noticed the flag raised by the assistant. Looking at his pissed off face, it was as if he had the "I know it all, and how dare you challenge my decision" expression as he was heading towards the assistant. Instead of listening to the assistant he was dictating to him about his point of view as if the assistant was a child and he was the strictest school teacher. I thought straight away that he was going to let the goal stand. The FA should take notice of this, and instigate an enquiry into this. Otherwise, how the hell are they going to raise the bar on the officiating, that frankly has been well below par in recent matches???

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asheshammer's picture

I saw one close up replay in which the ref was shaking his head "No" from the moment he started talking to the lino. Never even listened to him. Total twat.

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metbobby1's picture

There was absolutely NO DOUBT that a red card should have been shown for the near beheading of Kouyate!!!

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mcbikeman's picture

awarding an offside goal for the spuds at swansea last night and before anyone says thats the linesmans fault i think we all no madley doesn't worry about what his fellow officials do or do not see

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