Spurs 2-0 West Ham: VAR strikes again as Hammers struggle

While some will argue we performed better against Spurs than we did against Wolves, others will point out we’ve now played two games since Project Restart and lost both by the same scoreline, and not picked up any points.

What these two games and performances have shown us is that we face a fight to stay up. We appear toothless and sterile – Can Moyes summon up the inspiration from somewhere to keep us up?

We rightly feel injustice about Spurs’ first goal that deflected off Davinson Sanchez on to Soucek, which under the current video assistant referee rules should surely have been disallowed. But it’s clear that Moyes and our players have real problems.

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To rub salt into the wound it was Spurs’ first victory in eight games! Perhaps one positive to takeaway from tonight was Jarrod Bowen who stuck the post as we pushed in vain for an equaliser before Harry Kane broke clear to strike home his 18th goal of the season and seal the three points for Spurs.

We also now need to watch other games with us remaining outside the relegation zone only on goal difference with Bournemouth, Aston Villa and Norwich – who lie in the bottom three – all now having a game in hand over us.

“I’ve only just seen it [the opening goal] and I can’t believe they’ve ruled that as a goal. Any handball is disallowed? That’s the rule. Who is on VAR tonight? Not very good eh? Those are the rules, it’s not a particularly good rule but I can’t believe it. We had a goal disallowed at Sheffield United for the same rule. I thought the team worked really hard, we made it difficult for Tottenham, there were a lot of good things I can take from the game but it’s the points we needed.”

David Moyes

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