Poor refereeing and some slack finishing were big factors in the 2-1 defeat to Arsenal at Upton Park this afternoon.
It was a brave effort, and one that deserved at least a point, however it wasn’t to be, and now that makes two defeats on the spin for the Irons.
The game started brightly, and produced some excellent football with Alex Song dictating much of the play in the middle of the park – and it was Song who had the ball in the net but saw his effort ruled out for offside.
It has to be said that the decision was harsh, and one that will have many fans wondering if the same decision would have been reached had it been an Arsenal goal.
Suddenly things went horribly wrong for West Ham, with Arsenal being awarded a penalty in what was again another awful decision from the referee.
Cazorla made no mistake from the spot, and West Ham had a lot of work to do… And three minutes later the task got a lot harder, with Arsenal doubling their lead thanks to a quick finish from Danny Welbeck.
Half time arrived and West Ham were wondering how on earth they were 2-0 down, when really a lead what was actually deserved.
The second half had to produce an early goal to stand a good chance of a fightback – and that’s exactly what happened, thanks to a deflected header from Kouyate.
This set the pace of the second into another London derby classic, with end to end football on show. The final fifteen minutes was all West Ham, with the Irons throwing everything including the kitchen sink at the Gunners, who somehow held on to claim victory.
It’s a victory that Arsenal simply did not deserve, but it must be said that West Ham must learn to take the chances that come.
On another day it would have been a victory, but we dust ourselves down and look forward to getting back to winning ways against West Brom on New Year’s Day.