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The Tanner Report: West Ham 3 Fulham 1

Although VAR was supposed to alleviate controversy it only seems to have added to it.

Fulham and Head Coach Marco Silva in particular felt especially aggrieved and not without reason.

Having taken the lead through Pereira and nearly adding to it when James’ shot hit the bar, Fulham were on equal terms when West Ham equalised after a hotly-disputed penalty.

Pereira, after being warned for blocking Dawson at a corner, should have moved away but Dawson engineered a penalty.

The second West Ham goal may have involved a hand ball – certainly Scamacca did not initially celebrate it – and, for the third, West Ham’s Antonio handled the ball before scoring.

Of course, in the absence of VAR, Fulham may have protested the goals and even clamoured for VAR.

Still Silva may have a point on inconsistency.

Indeed Marcus Rashford of Manchester United had a goal disallowed for hand ball which seemed no more blatant than that of Scamacca and Antonio.

Fulham suffered from the absence of Alex Mitrovic and Kenny Tete.

When these two return – and Harry Wilson – we will look a better side.

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About Alan Tanner

After a distinguished military service in the Catering Corps, Alan Tanner did well in mufti with his chamois as a window cleaner. Sadly he had to retire after falling from the fifth floor of Danny Murphy's mock Tudor home. He spends his retirement watching and writing about his beloved Fulham whom he has supported for over 50 years. The Alan Tanner Report is sponsored by Tanner Crystal Clear Ltd, Window Cleaners to the Gentry. More Posts