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Moyes: VAR not important as we were better

David Moyes admits that he did not see the handball incidents that Bournemouth were complaining about on Monday night, but feels they ultimately had no effect on the game.

The Hammers won the game 2-0 thanks to a Kurt Zouma header and a Said Benrahma penalty.

Bournemouth felt that there was a handball in the build-up to the Frenchman’s goal, while they also shouted for a spot-kick when Ben Johnson was alleged to have handled the ball in the area as well.

VAR did not intervene on either decision – they did check Zouma’s goal for a handball but ruled that there was no case to answer – and Moyes says that while he did not see the incidents, he believes that the Hammers would have won either way.

Speaking after the game, the Hammers boss told reporters, as per Football.London: “I’m going to sadly say that I’ve genuinely not seen any of the incidents at the moment. I’ve come away from it and not seen them, I probably should have looked before I came out.

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“Obviously Bournemouth are disappointed with how it went. I generally couldn’t tell you, I don’t know. What I would say is that the performance merited probably better goals than we scored and I don’t think that there was any doubt that we were the better side and we probably deserved to win the game.

“I thought our play merited better than what we finished. I thought our finishing and final pass or final shot or through ball didn’t quite come off as well as we would have liked.”

The Irons will face Silkeborg on Thursday before travelling to Manchester United this weekend.

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.