X

Tuesday 21
May

West Ham United

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.

More West Ham United

West Ham United

M'Vila linked with West Ham switch

20th May 2019, 13:20

West Ham have been given a boost in their pursuit of Yann M'Vila, with reports in France claiming he will leave Saint-Etienne.

West Ham United

Freebie Caballero eyed by Pellegrini

20th May 2019, 11:35

Goalkeeper Willy Caballero could be reunited with his former boss Manuel Pellegrini this summer as cover for Lukasz Fabianski.

West Ham United

Striker contract reports rubbished

17th May 2019, 15:50

Reports that Andy Carroll is to be offered a new contract at West Ham have been rubbished.

West Ham United

Hammers set to lose Frenchman

17th May 2019, 13:18

Samir Nasri has reportedly rejected the opportunity to stay at West Ham beyond the summer, and will leave on a free transfer.

West Ham United

Celta star attracts Hammers interest

16th May 2019, 15:57

West Ham are thought to be interested in making a move for the highly-rated Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gomez this summer.

West Ham United

Fernandez may be leaving Hammers

16th May 2019, 14:42

West Ham midfielder Edimilson Fernandes' agent says his client could sign for Fiorentina on a permanent basis this summer.

Recent Sport Headlines

Tennis

Norrie crashes out in Lyon

20th May 2019, 19:39

British number two Cameron Norrie lost in straight-sets to Frenchman Ugo Humbert in round one of the Lyon Open.

Cricket

Archer backed by Cook for England World Cup squad

20th May 2019, 19:25

Jofra Archer should be in Eoin Morgan's World Cup side, according to former England captain Sir Alastair Cook.

Tennis

Kyrgios lays into French Open

20th May 2019, 19:09

Australian Nick Kyrgios has spoken of his dislike of the clay-court season after meeting Andy Murray at Wimbledon.

Cardiff City

High praise for reported Cardiff target

20th May 2019, 17:57

Reported Cardiff target David Turnbull has received high praise from his Motherwell team-mate Carl McHugh.

Southampton

Saints look to bolster forward options

20th May 2019, 17:57

Southampton are reportedly one of the clubs keeping tabs on France youth international Florian Aye.

Horse Racing Previews

Quick Returner Set To Strike In The North East

20th May 2019, 17:17

Filly Can Waltz Away With Prize

Brighton & Hove Albion

Brighton confirm Potter appointment

20th May 2019, 16:57

Graham Potter has been named the new head coach of Brighton after putting pen to paper on a four-year contract.

Chelsea

James tipped for Blues deal

20th May 2019, 16:45

Chelsea are believed to be ready to offer Reece James fresh terms at Stamford Bridge after he impressed at Wigan this term.