Upton Park

Next Game

West Ham v Man City

Saturday, 25 October 2014, 12:45

Barclays Prem

Turf Moor

Last Game

Burnley 1 - 3 West Ham

Saturday, 18 October 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

One right, one wrong

Glenn Hoddle says the officials made just ONE error during a controversial game at the Boleyn Ground.

Last Updated: 07/04/14 at 11:05 Post Comment

The officials had a lot to contend with at Upton Park

The officials had a lot to contend with at Upton Park

Liverpool won the encounter 2-1 to move top of the Premier League table, but not before each side profited from contentious decisions and ended up rippling the net.

West Ham equalised Liverpool’s first penalty – given when Hammers defender James Tomkins handled the ball – with Ivorian full-back Guy Demel prodding in his first Irons goal.

But former Red Andy Carroll appeared to clamber all over visiting goalkeeper Simon Mignolet in the build-up and Sky Sports pundit Hoddle says the West Ham frontman committed a ‘banker foul’ and that the goal should not have stood.

However, the ex-Tottenham and Chelsea boss says referee Anthony Taylor got it right when handing Liverpool a match-winning spot-kick, despite Hammers’ keeper Adrian touching the ball before colliding with the marauding Jon Flanagan.

And Hoddle thinks a victory over Manchester City on next week’s Super Sunday could give the Merseysiders that final push towards a first title since 1990.

“For me, Adrian doesn’t get enough of the ball, (he) comes over the top if it, and makes contact with Flanagan,“ said Hoddle, after watching Liverpool rack up a ninth straight Premier League win.

“I can see why the referee has awarded a penalty - but I do think the decision has been made because of the earlier decision for West Ham.

Hurdles

“Carroll on Mignolet is an absolute banker of a foul, as he hits him on the head, claws his elbow and drags him down, ensuring the ball slips out of the ‘keeper’s hands.

“However, Liverpool got a huge win and if they can beat Man City next week their belief will be magnified and that might get them over the line - but it’s not done and dusted yet and there are still a few hurdles to overcome.”

Steven Gerrard converted both of Liverpool’s penalties, but Jamie Redknapp says the 33-year-old midfielder was also exceptional in open play in East London against spirited opposition.

“I thought before the game that all the motivation was with Liverpool and wondered what West Ham had to play for,” said Redknapp, who won seven honours during his time with the Anfield club.

“But they showed desire and made Liverpool dig in – and Liverpool did, with Gerrard an inspiration to everyone in his team.

“The amount of times he got on the ball and [Luis] Suarez got on his bike, you’d think they were telepathic.

“Suarez knows Gerrard will hit him, and the captain’s passing here was pin-point accurate.”

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

e're our own worst enemy. We're suicidal in defence, and we may just get slaughtered on Sunday. Other than that, I am very pleased with my team.

bob the manc
Van Gaal: We can catch Chelsea

B

alotelli would've scored if the goals height was 3 times higher too...

footyfan52
Rodgers defends Balotelli

A

s if storey would ever get invited on a stag do

dooby
Does Wenger Know He's To Blame?

Footer 365

Champions League : A controversial penalty earns CSKA Moscow a 2-2 draw with Manchester City

A controversial late penalty earned CSKA Moscow a 2-2 draw with Manchester City in their Champions League Group E clash.

Ferguson: Club made Moyes decision

Sir Alex Ferguson insists the correct processes were followed prior to the appointment of David Moyes at Old Trafford.

QPR apologise for row between Harry Redknapp and Adel Taarabt

QPR have issued an apology for the ongoing war of words between manager Harry Redknapp and midfielder Adel Taarabt.

Mail Box

Are There Any Happy Fans Out There?

It seems as if Chelsea, West Ham and Southampton are the only content supporters right now. We have more doom and gloom for you. Who wants good news, eh..?

Is Van Gaal Just A Dutch Pardew?

A Mailbox of comparisons. Van Gaal is similar to Pardew, Wenger to Moyes, Van Persie to a spent force, and Pelle to a bloody gent. There's also plenty from last night...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property