David Moyes slams Felix Zwayer after Aaron Cresswell’s red card threatens West Ham’s Europa League dream

The Hammers full-back was shown a straight red in injury time late in the first half for pulling Moussa Dembele off as he ran forward.

It was a soft decision, especially as Dembele strayed away from goal, and Moyes was also booked by the referee for his protests at the break.

The West Ham manager pointed to a challenge on Jarrod Bowen in the build-up to the move that produced the red card – with Hassouem Aouar knocking the striker to the ground.

β€œThe only thing I will say is that the tackle that preceded Jarrod was a foul in the same phase of play, so I expect that to be traded,” Moyes said.

“It’s a disappointment for me.

“The only thing I want to focus on is if it’s a free kick on Jarrod. If so, I would have expected VAR to check that. That’s what we do in Premier League. It’s in the same phase of play.”

West Ham responded in the second half with a goal by Bowen, before Tanguy Ndombele, on loan from Tottenham, netted one for the visitors.

Moyes was also puzzled as to why a fan charged onto the pitch as West Ham advanced 1-1 looking to find a winner and take a Lyon lead for the second leg.

“I was [baffled]β€œ, said Moyes.

“They are a very good football club, doing so many good things to improve, but those things tonight certainly didn’t help the team. We were on a counter attack at the time with a opportunity to score.”


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