‘VAR, gamesmanship, dishonest’ – Pundits react to Hernandez's handball in West Ham win over Fulham

West Ham United picked up some much-needed three factors as they got here from behind to beat Premier League strugglers Fulham on Friday night time.

The Hammers finally recorded a 3-1 win on the London Stadium however it’s a second round half an hour into the sport that would be the foremost speaking level of the sport.

With the Cottagers holding an unlikely 1-Zero lead because of Ryan Babel’s opener, Javier Hernandez levelled the scores after he turned dwelling Angelo Ogbonna’s flick from a nook.

Even though the Mexican striker clearly used his hand to attain the objective, referee Lee Mason allowed it to face and it kicked off the Hammers’ comeback.


In such a vital sport in battling for his or her Premier League survival, Fulham followers had been understandably livid and at half-time, Gary Neville acknowledged that the objective wouldn’t stand if VAR had been in use – however nonetheless positioned the blame for the objective on the toes of goalkeeper Sergio Rico.

“They’ve had a nightmare on corners. Simply have a look at the goalkeeper,” Neville mentioned on Sky Sports activities. “He is acquired Chicharito in entrance of him and he is making an attempt to create a struggle, he is making an attempt to create an issue that is not there.

“Typically you see attackers in entrance of goalkeepers they usually’re actually being aggressive. He isn’t. He makes an actual mess of the punch and from that second, they’re simply preserving it alive. They’re beneath actual stress.

Whereas Neville believes his former teammate Chicharito was fortunate to get away with the handball, he nonetheless believes that the Fulham gamers did little to assist themselves earlier than or after the objective.


“They do get, clearly, an enormous slice of luck, West Ham,” he added. “The referee and assistants haven’t been in a position to spot it. Chicharito is aware of. He isn’t celebrating the objective as a result of he thinks it should be given – it is a clear handball.

“However truly, there weren’t that many Fulham gamers truly complaining. Ranieri will most likely be the one who complained most. He may be blocked, Lee Mason, to be truthful due to Chicharito’s physique. It seems like he is acquired a transparent view of the ball nevertheless it’s a foul one and VAR will take away that.”

Javier Hernandez celebrates scoring for West Ham.
Javier Hernandez celebrates scoring for West Ham.

Neville’s view was backed up by fellow Sky Sports activities pundit Jamie Carragher who, although he was clearly upset with the handball, nonetheless believes that Rico should reply questions for giving Hernandez the chance within the first place.

“We highlighted it 5 or 6 instances; it is a horrible punch [from Rico]. Actually poor,” Carragher defined. “I mentioned that on commentary, how weak it was.


“Ogbonna does very well with a header however you’ll be able to’t get away from the truth that he (Hernandez) punched the ball within the objective. That is what will get them again to 1-1.

“I mentioned on commentary about VAR, gamesmanship, dishonest – he is aware of it is gone previous his head. He punches it in and the telling response is how lengthy he stays on the ground.


“That is from the referee Lee Mason’s angle – you’ll be able to’t blame him. That is why we’re speaking about expertise coming into the sport as a result of that utterly modified the whole lot concerning the sport and the ambiance on this stadium.”

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