Dean Smith upset after Aston Villa denied late penalty in West Ham defeat


Goals from Angelo Ogbonna and Jarrod Bowen provided West Ham triumph.

Dean Smith felt Aston Villa were denied a stoppage- time penalty in their 2-1 defeat at West Ham since VAR was too busy taking a look at offside against Ollie Watkins

Striker Watkins was brought up for a tight offside decision as he tucked in a cross from Matt Targett

However it looked like though Hammers defender Angelo Ogbonna had actually pushed Watkins into an offside position– which Smith felt was a foul and must have resulted in a penalty.

It was a hard end to a terrible night for Watkins, who also raised a 74th-minute penalty onto the crossbar after Declan Rice pulled back Trezeguet in the area.

Villa boss Smith stated: “It’s not discouraging, it’s just incorrect, that’s the simplest way to explain it.

“Offside is offside, so I have actually no problem with that, however they have actually offered offside for part of the body that can’t put the ball in the net, which’s since he is being fouled.

” If it’s not a goal it’s apenalty They have actually got that incorrect, they invested so long taking a look at the offside they do not see the foul. It was more of a penalty than the first penalty.

“It’s frustrating, I’m disappointed with the result but I thought we were great, we’ve come to West Ham and outplayed them. We had enough chances to win this game comfortably.”

In a significantly tetchy second half Villa assistant John Terry was scheduled in addition to a member of West Ham’s backroom team who, according to Smith, had actually been singing in his criticism of Jack Grealish

Smith stated: “He had a go at me in the first half. We don’t have a go at the opposition players, but heir lad was calling my player a diver and a cheat. I spoke to David Moyes and Alan Irvine and they said they’ll deal with it.”

Hammers boss Moyes reacted: “Everyone can hear a lot more these days because there’s no crowd in the stadium – it happens quite a bit. But the game was littered with free-kicks.”

Ogbonna had actually headed West Ham into a second- minute lead from a Jarrod Bowen corner, and after Jack Grealish equalised it was Bowen who transformed what ended up being the winner when he directed in a cross from sub Stated Benrahma

The 2-1 triumph raised West Ham to 5th, with Moyes having actually directed them to their best start to a season since they relocated to the London Arena.

Moyes added: “I’m enjoyed take 3 points, it wasn’t our best efficiency however a minimum of we were resistant

” On the prohibited goal I was more dissatisfied that we had not safeguarded the cross. I do not like a great deal of the offside laws at the minute and we’re needing to get utilized to it.

“I’m thrilled at the position we are in. If we win without playing well I’ll take that.”

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