Southampton 0 West Ham 0: Sam Allardyce criticises referee

Southampton 0 West Ham 0: Sam Allardyce criticises the referee for failing to punish Morgan Schneiderlin for a two-footed challenge

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A furious Sam Allardyce criticised referee Andre Marriner after he failed to punish Morgan Schneiderlin for a two-footed challenge on Mohamed Diame during West Ham’s goalless draw at Southampton.

Jussi Jaaskelainen produced a string of impressive saves in the West Ham goal to deny Schneiderlin, Dani Osvaldo and Rickie Lambert as the Hammers held firm to seal a point at St Mary’s.

But Allardyce was stunned at Marriner’s decision to wave play-on after Schneiderlin brought Diame to the ground in the first half.

“We feel a bit disappointment about the fact that Schneiderlin’s still on the pitch,” Allardyce told Sky Sports. “We didn’t even get a free-kick and it’s a two-footed challenge.

“We’re told by everybody in the referee’s department, from Mike Riley down, that there’s no other choice but a straight red – this wasn’t even a free kick.

“With Andre such an experienced referee now, I can’t quite for the life of my understand how he didn’t see that.

“For me, that was a disappointment. It kept them with 11 men on the field, and the way the law is supposed to be portrayed today, they should have only had 10 men on. That would have given us a better chance of winning.

“But I’m happy with a point – I can’t affect what the referee’s do, it’s not my job. But I have to point out that I thought that was a really poor decision, I think that’s my responsibility.

“At the end of the day, we’re well happy with a 0-0 draw and going away with a point, especially given our injuries.”

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