Calamity Clattenburg costs us points – Hammers 2, Thornton Heath FC 2

I am incensed with the poor referring decisions that is costing not only West Ham but other clubs as well. The incident which lead to Kouyate’s sending off was nothing more than a yellow, yet Clattenburg instinctively went fro a red. A riduclous decision and as rash as his performance all season as a PL ref.

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‘The referee has changed the course of this game’
“West Ham panicked in defence. They didn’t clear the ball and it ended up in the back of their net. But make no mistake, Mark Clattenburg’s incorrect decision to send off Kouyate has changed the course of this game.”

Garth Crooks
Former Spurs striker on BBC Final Score

Up to that point we were doing well against I side I completely and utterly hate – Thornton Heath FC (aka Palace). I was a bit worried by the concede of the first goal as Adrian made a right hash of it and got it all wrong gifting Delaney a headed goal. Not impressed, but I was with Lanzini’s strike 3 mins later. It was a great response and one that we needed to show THFC that we were not going to just sink away and prove our resolve.

I truly believe that every team now has a fear of free kicks from No 27 at the moment, and for the one that Payet blazed over high with his first effort was sorted with his second.

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Yet another piece of brilliance and gave Hennessey no chance at all – and over a wall of 7 of that.

At 2-1, I was a very happy Hammer, and the best part was that it was against that lot. Nothing makes me happier and I sincerely want them to go down and get relegated, I hate them that much. But then the red card and that changed the game completely. The Hammers battered the storm for a little bit but as usual I was juggling family life which meant that I missed out on seeing the second THFC goal.

TBH I was half expecting it. Against ten men and with their plight, Palace had to push, but we should not have conceded either. Will have to watch MOTD for the view on that goal.

At the end of the day Clattenburg has cost us three points. We should be looking to cement a top 5 finish, but crap decisions like this is not helping the cause. I don’t buy the CL  expectation at all, because as a club, i am not sure we are ready yet. I will take a stint in the Europa League, but if we go for CL such will be the weight of expectation to win the bloody thing it may well prove counter-productive.

Have a read of Slaven’s comments below: shows the maturity of the man as a manger.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic said: “I want to commend the players it was a good game of football, open, and we deserved to win.

“When it was 11 v 11 the scoreline was correct. They caused us a threat, but only at set pieces, then we turned it around.”

On the decision to send off Kouyate, Bilic added: “I would love to say a lot of things. I asked the legal people what can I say and what I can’t. It is never a red card and it’s the fourth game in a row we are getting decisions that are costing us.

“We’re fighting to finish high. If the opponent is better than you, ok, but it is frustrating. We aren’t going to sink or moan – we will come back and continue to play good football.”

In Slaven We Trust.


West Ham: Adrian, Antonio, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Kouyate, Noble (Obiang 80), Emenike (Carroll 60), Lanzini, Payet, Sakho (Valencia 68)

Subs not used: Randolph, Song, Tomkins, Moses

Bookings: Noble, Reid

Red Card: Kouyate

Crystal Palace: Hennessey, Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souare, Jedinak, Ledley (Campbell 70), Zaha (Gayle 46), Bolasie, Puncheon, Sako

Subs not used: Mariappa, McCarthy, Lee, Mutch, Kelly

Bookings: Ward, Sako

Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

Attendance: 34,857

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