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Hammers worthy winners - Pellegrini

23rd February 2019, 11:42 by Nick Harris

West Ham were worthy winners against Fulham on Friday despite their 'handball' goal, according to boss Manuel Pellegrini.

Mexico striker Javier Hernandez cancelled out Ryan Babel's third-minute opener for the visitors by jabbing the ball into the net with his hand at the far post.

Referee Lee Mason and his assistants missed the handball but video technology would have surely seen the goal disallowed, adding yet more weight to the 'pro-VAR' case.

West Ham recovered from a dodgy opening few minutes, during which Babel could have scored twice, to eventually run out comfortable winners and climb to ninth.

"We never thought it would be an easy game, teams fighting for relegation give everything," said Pellegrini.

"After those first 10 very strange minutes, we dominated the game. I think it was a good performance taking out those first 10 minutes.

"From my position on the bench I really didn't see (the handball). Also after seeing the TV, it is a handball but nobody complained from Fulham for very long, they were not sure.

"I don't think it was the goal that decided the game, we scored three and their goalkeeper saved four or five more chances for us to continue scoring."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Nick Harris is a long-standing journalist who specialises in football and rugby league. An avid golfer, Nick also follows the major boxing fights closely.

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