West Ham United 1-0 Fulham – Reaction
David Moyes admitted his West Ham United side twice received a huge slice of luck as they saw off Fulham and record their third Premier League victory of the season.
An otherwise drab London Stadium encounter appeared to be heading for a goalless draw before Said Benramha teed up Tomas Soucek to fire low into the corner of the net after Joachim Anderson’s misguided defensive header.
However, the Cottagers were left incensed, believing Sebastien Haller had strayed off-side. The West Londoners evening deteriorated further when Ademola Lookman ‘panenka’ kick barely reached the goal, allowing Fabianski time to adjust his position and scoop the ball into his gloves, this after Benramha had felled Tom Cairney.
“If I was Scott Parker I would be really disappointed as Seb runs offside,” Moyes explained.
“It doesn’t go to him but I think the whole offside rule at the moment, we have a lot of bad rules like we are not sure about VAR, handball but the offside rule where they are delaying the flag I think is a terrible rule.
“We are going to see injuries, we may be already have with Van Dijk, so if I was Scott I would be disappointed The run is offside and they don’t flag for it.”
Nevertheless, Moyes was delighted to see his side dig deep and win ugly, adding: “I think it says a lot about the players, it is a change. We are not going to try and be flakey to lose the game, we are going to stick at it and try to not lose.
“I wouldn’t say it was ugly, we dominated the ball in the opening ten or 15 minutes we had chances but the last twenty we tried too.
“What we didn’t have was the ability to beat somebody until Sd came on and he made that little bit of difference in that way.
“But I hope we can keep winning like this. We got a point at Spurs, we could have lost three points tonight but the players have been really good. To go into the November break where we are after the games we have played has been a great credit to the players.”
Lookman’s comical spot-kick was another talking point, with the Scotsman certain he’d not witnessed anything similar during his career: “I have seen a lot of things in football, players throwing themselves to the ground, screaming. An awful lot in football that I haven’t seen before.”