Fulham’s Ademola Lookman missed a Panenka-style penalty with the last kick of the game as we clinched a dramatic victory with an injury-time winner of our own.
The game had looked on course to end goalless before Tomas Soucek drove home from substitute Said Benrahma’s pass inside the box in the first minute of injury time. But Fulham were awarded a 95th-minute penalty when Benrahma caught Tom Cairney and, after a check by the video assistant referee, the spot-kick was awarded.
But Lookman’s poor penalty ensured it was the hosts who claimed our third win of the season. To add to Fulham’s frustrations, both managers were in agreement after the game that there were question marks over whether Soucek’s goal should have even stood.
The contentious issue was that a ball into the box was aimed at Haller, who was in an offside position, but play continued and the ball was headed down to Benrahma by the Fulham defence to produce the assist for Soucek to strike.
“A tough call on Fulham for our goal because the offside rule is not a good rule. I would claim offside for that, but we get a goal from it,” said West Ham boss David Moyes.
“None of us really know the offside rule now,” said Fulham boss Scott Parker. “We’ve got VAR, every gadget and gimmick and there are so many things to look at nobody knows. He’s (Haller) interfering with play, my defender can’t leave it.”