Published: 22:16 | 10/1/20

Moyes unhappy with VAR after Blades' defeat

West Ham manager David Moyes was unhappy VAR ruled out a later equaliser for his side in Friday's Premier League 1-0 defeat to Sheffield United.

Oliver McBurnie scored the only goal of the game at Bramall Lane on 53 minutes following a mistake by Hammers' substitute goalkeeper David Martin, but Robert Snodgrass' injury-time strike was disallowed after the ball was judged to have hit Declan Rice's arm in the build-up. 

"I thought it was a deserved equaliser, it looked a good goal for me," Moyes said.

"Declan does great, powering through the middle and does everything right – good pass and good finish. It looked a good goal.

"I've seen the replay and it still looks a really good goal. If you've played football and you've been there and are a football man, then it can only be a goal.

"The defender did well to get back at Declan, heads it and tries to clear it, and it hits Declan's arm. It used to be that defenders defended with their hands behind their back, should all players on the pitch do that now?

"It was a good goal and a very good performance. It was certainly worthy of at least a draw, maybe more."

During the match, West Ham's first-choice goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski suffered a recurrence of the hip injury that kept him out for three months earlier in the season, which is likely to increase the Hammers' determination to complete the signing of Ireland goalkeeper Darren Randolph from Middlesbrough.

Randolph, who left West Ham for Middlesbrough in 2017, is currently out with a thigh injury and has not featured for the Championship club since 24 November. However, the clubs have agreed a £4m deal for the 32-year-old earlier this week.

"We will have to see how Lucasz's injury is, whether it is a bad one or it is just a recurrence and he will be back shortly," the Scot said.

"But bringing someone in is certainly something we will have to look at."

Photo: Getty Images.

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