Man Utd 1 West Ham 0: We were denied a penalty, says Sam Allardyce

Man Utd 1 West Ham 0: Sam Allardyce criticises referee Phil Dowd for failing to award the visitors a penalty at Old Trafford

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Man Utd
West Ham

Sam Allardyce blasted referee Phil Dowd after West Ham were denied a penalty in a narrow loss to Manchester United in their FA Cup third-round replay.

United made a bright start and Wayne Rooney scored on his return from injury in the ninth minute, finishing from close range after good work from Anderson and Javier Hernández.

The Hammers offered little threat and failed to test United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard at Old Trafford, although the visitors were denied a spot-kick when the ball appeared to strike Rafael’s hand.

It was a dysfunctional United performance against a dogged Hammers side, typified by Rooney’s late penalty miss – his tenth for United – after Jordan Spence was penalised for handball in the visitors’ area.

However, despite the striker’s rash attempt, the Red Devils held on to set up a home tie against Fulham in the fourth round.

“I think so [West Ham were on the wrong end of key decision],” Allardyce told ITV.

“There’s no doubt about the difference between Rafael’s handball and Spence’s handball. Jordan Spence plays for West Ham away against United, and Rafael plays for the home side at Old Trafford.

“It’s got to be that simple when you see it. The referee was in the perfect position – it was arm to ball, he [Rafael] pushes it away with his left arm – but no penalty.

“The other end, Spence arm comes up and the ball hits his hand. If you’re going to give one then you’ve got to give both. Simple as that.”


MORE: The latest football transfer news

MORE: Meet the Premier League's most stylish footballers

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Take a tour of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s £10m London house

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

French Open preview
The Sport Review
French Open 2018: Can returning former champions Djokovic or Wawrinka halt the Rafael Nadal juggernaut?
The Sport Review
10 goalkeepers Liverpool FC could sign in summer transfer window
The Sport Review
Arsenal transfers: 10 targets Gunners could sign for defence in summer
The Sport Review
Take a tour of Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning house in Madrid
The Sport Review
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
10 players Chelsea could sign in the 2018 summer transfer window
The Sport Review
Keown: Liverpool FC star’s season is like a comic strip story
The Sport Review
Paul Scholes makes prediction about Antonio Conte at Chelsea FC
The Sport Review
Frank Lampard names the Man United star who has hugely impressed him