Moyes blasts referee intervention

  • by Staff Writer
  • Sunday, 16th October 2022

David Moyes says West Ham were denied all three points at Southampton due to some shoddy officiating by referee Peter Bankes.

The manager was left seething after the official failed, in Moyes' opinion, to spot an infringement in the penalty area involving Tomas Soucek while having a hand in Southampton's first half goal.

Reflecting on the draw, which extended West Ham's unbeaten run in the league to three games Moyes blasted: "I’m more disappointed today because I felt we were done.

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"It was an incredibly bad decision on Tomas Soucek which should have been a penalty kick and it wasn't given. And the referee gets in the way for their goal.

"We don’t want to blame referees and officials, but sometimes you have to say ‘this was a real problem’. He stopped Jarrod Bowen getting to the ball, they scored from a deflection from that and I can’t do anything about it. I can’t change it.

"They scored a goal which is never a goal because of the referee’s position. The referee blocks Jared Bowen getting to the ball, and it is ridiculous that he doesn't do anything about it. I just cannot understand how that goal can stand."

Meanwhile Moyes believes his team are slowly beginning to find their rhythm, even though they are still far from firing on all cylinders.

"We’re beginning to improve on some aspects," he claimed. "We’re not going to get it completely right all the time, but we are trying.

"Today, not having any centre-halves in the team probably cost us the game because we didn’t have enough toughness at times when they got it up to Adams in the early part. We weren’t physical enough and they got a goal from it."

And the boss admitted that his makeshift defence - which was missing all four first team squad central defenders - had been "bullied" by the Scottish international in the opening half, in which he forced three excellent saves from Lukasz Fabianski.

"We should've won the game but we didn't," he said. "We started quite well, but we allowed them into the game a little bit.

"We allowed [Che] Adams to bully us, but today was a day when we didn’t have any real central defenders in the game. That gave them a chance to get up the pitch quite quickly and win second balls."

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Yet Moyes admitted that ultimately, his team failed to secure the win due to their own profligacy in front of goal - with only four of their 25 shots being on target.

"We had good efforts but not on target," he said. "I thought we played well in the second half without making enough clean opportunities for me, even though we did have some.

It took a great goal from Declan to get us level but we shouldn't have needed that. I think we should have been able to score with some of our play, but we didn’t do so."

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