VAR cost us two points in Sheffield but will it cost us in May?

Our draw against the Blades felt like two points dropped and it might cost us at the end of the season

Not only did January feel like it was 45 days long but it also felt like we hardly saw much of West Ham. In truth, I’d forgotten about the winter break for the Premier League and I’m sure Moyes would’ve wanted one less game but then that would’ve meant losing to Bristol City at home in the FA Cup.

As for the draw at home to Brighton at the start of January, I accepted it and moved on quickly. I would’ve taken four points off the Seagulls before this season started. The draw away at Sheffield United was a tough result to swallow though. I know we didn’t play brilliantly but we were comfortable.

And we’d weathered the storm before Brewster was sent off for the Blades. Even when Coufal got his marching orders, I wasn’t too worried. But then they swung in a cross and at first glance, Areola’s actions appeared rash and I felt warranted a penalty.

But then I watched the replay. Hang on, what about the attacker’s elbow in Areola’s face? Surely, VAR will take a look at this? The more I watched it, the more I felt that Areola had been fouled. But to see them equalise and then see Bowen rugby tackled to the ground, with nothing given or checked, I was furious.

I can only assume that VAR felt that the ref had a clear view of both incidents and therefore hadn’t made a ‘clear and obvious’ error. It feels like two points dropped and I can’t help but feel like it may cost us come the end of the season as we are hopefully in and around qualification for Europe.

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