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Hull City 1-0 West Ham Utd

Filed: Saturday, 28th September 2013
By: Staff Writer

Once again the referee was the main talking point after West Ham fell to an undeserved defeat at the KC Stadium this afternoon.

Kevin Friend gave the home side one of the softest penalties you will ever see before later denying West Ham a spot kick of their own, despite a blatant hand ball in the box by Hull's Jake Livermore.

Sam Allardyce will no doubt be spitting feathers after witnessing yet another inept display by a match official. Incensed after last weekend's home defeat against Everton by the antics of Lee Mason, he will have been left furious at today's display.

Friend constantly disrupted play, forgot to implement the 'advantage' rule on occasions and had the audacity to book Ravel Morrison for complaining about a dangerous challenge that only missed its intended target due to the young midfielder's dexterity.

However that shouldn't detract from West Ham's continued and worrying inability to score away from home. The Hammers are yet to score on the road this season from visits to Newcastle, Southampton and now Hull - whilst today's narrow defeat leaves Allardyce's team just one point above the relegation zone.

That's not to say that West Ham didn't look like scoring today, as has been the case in recent weeks. United created 18 shots on goal today - six of which were on target - but simply couldn't find a way through.

The only goal of the game came with just 12 minutes on the clock and arrived from the penalty spot. Joey O'Brien was stunned to be penalised for a foul on Robbie Brady that was as soft as they come. As the Irish defender rose for a header, Brady came across him and fell theatrically to the floor. Friend pointed to the penalty spot and Brady rose to convert from 12 yards.

West Ham should have been awarded a penlty of their own with 15 minutes remaining when substitute Ricardo Caz Te's cross clearly struck Livermore's arm. Not so, according to Friend who signalled for a corner instead.

The defeat leaves West Ham 16th in the Premier League with Five points from six games. Given the fairly easy ride the Irons have enjoyed to start the campaign, that will be of major concern for Allardyce and his backroom team - especially as the next two fixtures are a trip to Tottenham followed by Manchester City at home.

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