Cannot Believe - Gary Linekers' View Of West Ham Draw

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Leicester City 2 – West Ham United 2


Where The Result Leaves The Hammers

1Manchester City2520326114+4763
4West Ham United2512584433+1141
5Manchester United2411763832+640
7Wolverhampton Wanderers2311482117+437
8Tottenham Hotspur2211382829-136
9Brighton & Hov…2371242523+233
11Leicester City227693641-527
12Aston Villa2383123136-527
13Crystal Palace2451183235-326
15Leeds United2358102746-1923
17Newcastle United2349102544-1921
18Norwich City2445151450-3617


West Ham remain 4th after their last gasp draw with Leicester, who are suffering a crisis of sorts at the moment.

Despite a fantastic goal from Bowen, it took extra time for Dawson to seal a point against a Leicester team that seemed certain of victory. But, should Dawson’s goal have counted?


The View From Craig Dawson


The late goal that caused so much controversy came off the West Ham defenders’ arm, but new rules from last season meant that it still stood, nonetheless. What did Dawson think about it? This is what he told Sky Sports after the game:



“I was slightly worried, but it counted and that’s all that matters. It’s something we work hard on. It was a fair point for us today.”



At the end of the day, it is up to the officials to decide whether a goal stands in these circumstances or not. However, not all agreed that it should have.


What Gary Lineker ‘Cannot Believe’


Gary Lineker, ex-England legend and now Football pundit, didn’t quite see things the same way as Dawson…and presumably the officials too. This is what he had to say on his personal Twitter:


Still cannot believe it wasn’t given as handball. Dawson knew it went in off his arm by his reaction in the post match interview. One of those spells where everything is going wrong.”


Even though Lineker clearly thought that the decision was sub-optimal, it is the latest in a never ending flow of questionable decisions that VAR has failed to correct.

Just a few days before, Arsenal’s Martinelli was sent off for a second bookable offence…despite not yet having been shown the first Yellow Card! Now, scoring off the arm will continue to have pundits and fans alike questioning the rules, and their interpretation and application.



A Point Better Than A Loss….Just


Manchester United are a point behind the Hammers, with a game in hand, And, Arsenal are now just two points off David Moyes’ side with a whopping three games in hand.


So, whilst West Ham are still in a Champions League spot, their position is far from secure, and they will have to rely on others dropping points in order to play in Europe’s highest competition next year.



The Teams




  • Schmeichel
  • 21 Ricardo Pereira Booked at 18 mins
  • 18 Amartey
  • Söyüncü
  • Justin Substituted for Thomas at 31′ minutes
  • Tielemans Substituted for Vestergaardat 89′ minutes
  • 25 Ndidi
  • 22 Dewsbury-Hall
  • 10 Maddison Substituted for Lookman at 73′ minutes
  • 29 Daka
  • Barnes


West Ham


  • Fabianski
  • Coufal Substituted forFredericks at 67′ minutes
  • 15 Dawson
  • 23 Diop
  • Cresswell Booked at 60 mins
  • 28 Soucek
  • 41 Rice Booked at 61 mins
  • 20 Bowen
  • 10 Lanzini Substituted for Benrahma at 79′ minutes
  • Fornals Substituted for Vlasic at 79′ minutes
  • Antonio

This article first appeared on London Local News