David Moyes admits he is ‘losing faith’ with VAR despite West Ham securing a hugely important 3-2 victory over Chelsea at the London Stadium.
Andriy Yarmolenko’s late winner secured a precious three points for the struggling Hammers, who ended a run of three consecutive defeats to move three points clear of the Premier League’s relegation places.
An entertaining derby clash saw West Ham left infuriated as VAR ruled out Tomas Soucek’s first-half goal for a controversial offside against Michail Antonio, before Chelsea took the lead through Willian’s penalty.
Soucek would be celebrating soon after, however, as the midfielder headed home an equaliser on the stroke of half-time, before the impressive Antonio put West Ham ahead from close range shortly after the interval.
Willian’s brilliant free-kick looked to have secured the fourth-placed Blues a point, only for Yarmolenko to seal a dramatic victory with just a minute remaining following a clinical counter-attack from the home side.
Moyes was delighted with the impact of the Ukrainian substitute and hailed his side following a precious victory over their capital rivals, but voiced his frustrations with VAR following yet another incident of controversy.
“I know Yarmolenko can score. He has a good record. I felt the time was right to make a change,” Moyes told Sky Sports.
”We were up against it at that time at 2-2 but the players stuck at it and we got a result.
“This VAR stuff I am beginning to lose faith with it. I was spewing. I was thinking are we going to get a decision here?
“I feel some of the things that have gone against West Ham recently has been really poor but I said to the players we had to change our luck. The players deserve a massive amount of credit. They are sticking to it.
“What we are asking him [Michail Antonio] to do is a massive job. It would be hard to play with two up top against Chelsea, they always cause you problems when they switch the play. We did a good job, were well organised. Thankfully we have got the three points.
“If you get to 40 you will be safe in the Premier League so we have to aim for that tally. It probably means winning another three games.”