David Moyes criticised the supporter who ran onto the pitch and ruined a promising West Ham assault in the course of the 1-1 Europa League draw with Lyon.
A historic match for the Hammers ended on a bitter word after a pitch invader – the second of the sport – jumped out of the house finish with 10-man West Ham truly mounting a uncommon assault.
“I used to be baffled,” mentioned the West Ham boss. “This can be a actually good soccer membership doing so many good issues.
“However these issues tonight didn’t assist, we have been on a counter-attack with a possibility to attain.”
The Hammers, taking part in within the quarter-finals of a significant European competitors for the primary time in 41 years, have been up in opposition to it after Aaron Cresswell was controversially dismissed for a foul on Moussa Dembele earlier than half-time.
The choice may have left West Ham with a mountain to climb forward of the second leg within the French metropolis neglected by the Alps subsequent week.
However Jarrod Bowen’s second objective in as many matches, after a month out injured, put the ten males 1-0 up earlier than Tottenham loanee Tanguy Ndombele hauled Lyon degree.
However, a draw retains West Ham’s dream of a spot within the semi-finals, in opposition to both Barcelona or Eintracht Frankfurt, nicely and really alive.
It guarantees to be a spicy return leg within the culinary capital of France after tempers often boiled over, whereas Dembele’s Cristiano Ronaldo-style wink after Cresswell’s purple card won’t have gone unnoticed among the many Hammers ranks.
Moyes was booked by German referee Felix Zwayer for protesting in regards to the purple card at half-time, however refused to be drawn on the official or the choice.
He added: “The one factor I’m going to say is there was a deal with on Bowen which was a foul. It was the identical section of play because the purple card, and I’d have anticipated VAR to do one thing about it.
“I’m actually not going to speak in regards to the referee, by no means.
“It was not efficiency by us but it surely was a resilient efficiency within the second half with 10 males.
“We didn’t have a lot of the ball within the second half. Technically they have been superb, however we defended nicely and made it onerous for them.”
Lyon could also be having an erratic season domestically – they at the moment lie ninth in Ligue 1 – however they’re unbeaten on this competitors and knocked out Porto within the final 16.
They’re additionally seasoned European campaigners and showcased their repertoire of the darker arts, infuriating West Ham when Jerome Boateng and Ndombele each stayed down after no foul had been given.
“I feel the video games in Europe, the best way they’re performed, we’ve moved on from smooth free-kicks on this nation,” mentioned Moyes.
“I feel the refs we’ve got had have been good and allowed the sport to move. However this sport by no means bought the prospect to move.
“We’ve bought a very troublesome sport to come back, however we anticipated that. The primary leg is all the time troublesome and onerous to get a defining outcome.
“The sport may be very a lot all to play for, at half-time I’d have taken that.”