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Villians steal win to keep Hammers under pressure

Aston Villa beat Crystal Palace 2-0 this afternoon, their first win since February but the game was not without controversy again thanks to VAR. Mamadou Sakho thought he’d given Palace the lead as he got on the end of a corner from the right.

Referee Martin Atkinson seemed happy to award the goal but as a matter of course, the goal was checked by VAR.

However, VAR repeatedly checked to see if it hit his shoulder or arm which would deem it an illegal goal.

On the VAR decision, Jamie Redknapp said: “I think it’s harsh. VAR had a good look at it, it hits him on the shoulder it looks like to me, but VAR feel it’s his arm. It’s open to interpretation, and everyone will have a view on it, but I think it’s really, really harsh.

Second -half Mahmoud Trezeguet scored twice to keep Villa’s survival hopes alive.

Yesterday Watford won again beating Newcastle 2-1 to record back to back wins only separated on goal difference from West Ham.

With Norwich City relegated and Bournemouth in deep trouble yet to face Leicester City this evening the final relegation place will go to West Ham, Villa or Watford with all three winning this weekend.

The Hammers will face both Watford and Aston Villa in their final three games in two massive six-pointers.

Losses against both could still prove disastrous but one win from the two should ensure safety.

West Ham remaining fixtures: Watford at home, Manchester United Away, Villa at Home

Villa remaining fixtures:  Everton Away, Arsenal at Home, West Ham Away 

Watford remaining fixtures: West Ham away, Man City at Home, Arsenal Away 

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About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

2 comments on “Villians steal win to keep Hammers under pressure

  1. The way we are playing now Sean Villa should not even come into the equation.On a good run of form and dreadfully unlucky to lose to Burnley who nearly turned the champions over yesterday.Play as we have been and i expect us to beat Watford and Villa cos its in our hands now.We needed a few favours when it all began with all those around us losing too which helped massively and now Moysie has the Lads playing well and i am confident.The goal difference alone means in reality we have a 5 point gap still.

  2. You were saying?

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