Hughton bemoans ‘poor’ refereeing calls

West Ham 2 Norwich 1

Hughton bemoans ‘poor’ refereeing calls

The Irons went ahead through a Mark Noble penalty after just three minutes when referee Mark Clattenburg spotted a shirt pull by defender Ryan Bennett on Winston Reid.

Norwich midfielder Robert Snodgrass rattled the woodwork with a free-kick before Republic of Ireland defender Joey O’Brien crashed home a second goal after 26 minutes, which proved enough for a morale-boosting victory ahead of next weekend’s FA Cup tie against Manchester United.

Russell Martin netted a late consolation with a well-taken volley for his third goal in two games.

Snodgrass later posted a Tweet claiming “the referee kills the game . £gamesgone”, and while accepting there was cause for a foul, Hughton felt the penalty award was soft, as well as highlighting other calls which went against the visitors.

“The key decisions in the game did not go in our favour, but we did not start well enough,” said Hughton.

“We accept Ryan Bennett had hold of the lad’s shirt, but I also saw Reid’s forearm in Ryan’s chest. They are very close, he is not pulling Reid so he cannot get away, it is something you see game in and game out right throughout the country.

“I also don’t accept it was not a foul on Alex Tettey leading up to the second goal and certainly was a handball in the first half and then the incident on Harry Kane.”

The Hammers, meanwhile, got their campaign back on track following a run of just two victories in the previous 11 outings.

Manager Sam Allardyce feels his side are moving in the right direction.

“I was wondering if we were going to hold our confidence and performance level at home,” said Allardyce, who felt the referee had a “great view” of the penalty and made the “correct decision.”

“It has been really good even though we have had two back-to-back defeats but today they showed they have the mentality to cope with whatever is thrown at them.”

Allardyce hopes to have striker Andy Carroll available by the end of the month.

WEST HAM: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Reid, Tomkins, O’Brien (O’Neil 71), Noble, Collison, Taylor, Jarvis (Spence 85), Vaz Te (Maiga 82), Cole.

NORWICH: Bunn, Martin, Bassong, Turner, Ryan Bennett, Snodgrass, Howson (Fox 83), Tettey, Pilkington, Hoolahan (Elliott Bennett 70), Kane (Jackson 70).

Referee: Mark Clattenburg.

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