December 26, 2017 / 5:23 PM / 4 months ago

Wilson's controversial goal earns Bournemouth a point

(Reuters) - West Ham United were left incensed as they were denied victory by Callum Wilson’s controversial equaliser in a 3-3 Premier League draw at Bournemouth on Tuesday.

Soccer Football - Premier League - AFC Bournemouth vs West Ham United - Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth, Britain - December 26, 2017 Bournemouth's Nathan Ake applauds fans after the match REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Two late goals by Marko Arnautovic, both after mistakes by home keeper Asmir Begovic, appeared to have earned West Ham a victory they hardly deserved but in the third minute of stoppage time Wilson touched in Nathan Ake’s header.

Confusion reigned as the goal was initially ruled out for offside but after referee Bobby Madley consulted with his assistant who had raised a flag he allowed the goal to stand.

Apart from looking offside there was also a suspicion that Wilson had used his hand to put the ball into the net.

It completed a remarkable match which began with James Collins heading the Hammers in front before Dan Gosling and Ake scored for the hosts who had 26 attempts on goal.

West Ham’s players were furious at the end but manager David Moyes was more measured.

Soccer Football - Premier League - AFC Bournemouth vs West Ham United - Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth, Britain - December 26, 2017 West Ham United's Marko Arnautovic celebrates scoring their third goal REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

“I think referees in thos country do a great job,” he said. “I don’t know why he wouldn’t go with his linesman’s decision, he put his flag up because he believes its offside.

“I’ve looked at it. It’s close. But the worst thing is that the player puts the ball in the net with his arm. To get both decisions wrong, I don’t see that all.

“To lose a goal like that it’s a killer.”

A rain-lashed surface played a big role in the frenetic climax. Begovic slipped while trying to clear, allowing Arnautovic the easiest task to make it 2-2.

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Begovic could then only parry Javier Hernandez’s close-range effort to allow the in-form Arnautovic another tap-in for his fourth goal in three games.

Bournemouth are now without a win in eight matches and have conceded 11 goals in their last three games although manager Eddie Howe said there were encouraging signs after heavy defeats by Liverpool and Manchester City.

“It is a total mix of emotions as I felt it was ours at 2-1,” manager Eddie Howe said. “I am not quite sure if they thought it was offside, but I am very happy to see it given.

“The longer the referee and the linesman talked I thought it would not be given, but it is no more than we deserved.

“That’s as good as we have looked in front of goal all season. Everything changed with one slip by Asmir.”

Reporting by Martyn Herman, editing by Ed Osmond

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