Alex Song looked to have staked West Ham to an early home lead against visiting Arsenal with his volleyed rebound shot beat Wojciech Szczesny, only to find the goal disallowed because Diafra Sakho had not gotten back onside and was ruled to have interfered with the keeper’s vision.
Much like Cheick Tiote’s goal against Manchester City this time last year, the punishment didn’t fit the “crime” to many neutrals. This is multiplied exponentially for West Ham fans.
“The biggest shock was us not being in front at half time,” said Allardyce. “We scored a perfectly good goal that was disallowed. It certainly should not have been disallowed on the basis of what Mike Riley and his staff tell us. The officials clearly got it horribly wrong and to say we are bitterly disappointed and frustrated is an understatement. Baffled is more the feeling.
“They said the attacker was in the eye line of the goalkeeper. Complete nonsense. When officials make these decisions they are supposed to have a clear view. It is impossible for the assistant referee to say that. They are wrong, Sakho is not in the eye line of the goalkeeper.
“Neil Swarbrick could only guess he might be in front of the goalkeeper.”
It was a poor call in our books, but it stands. And West Ham dips below their London neighbors in the standings after the 2-1 loss. It’s a rough way to be passed by a rival.