West Ham United came under fire as Norwich City boss Daniel Farke made excuses for his side’s 2-0 defeat on Saturday.
Despite West Ham completely dominating the Canaries for the majority of the game, Farke was in no mood to give the Hammers any credit (BBC Sport).
The Norwich boss instead hit out at goal hero Sebastien Haller and suggested his tackle on Christoph Zimmermann should have been punished. He then claimed that challenge stopped Zimmermann keeping up with Arthur Masuaku to prevent Haller’s goal.
Farke also said Andriy Yarmolenko, the scorer of West Ham’s other goal, should have been sent off for an elbow incident.
Farke having a lark
The German then had the audacity to claim VAR worked AGAINST his team.
That’s despite one of the most cast iron penalties you will see all season not being awarded when Haller tricked his way through the Norwich defence in search of a third goal.
Farke’s complaints cut little ice with Match of the Day’s pundit panel on Saturday night, though.
In fact Jermaine Jenas swiftly put Farke back in his box with a brilliant summary of events.
“It’s a bad one (the challenge from Haller, don’t get me wrong, he takes him out, but it’s a yellow card (no more),” Jenas said on MOTD.
‘That’s your fault’
“He’s not going to be getting sent off for that.
“The problem is, if your player is injured, take him off the pitch.
“So between yourself and the medical staff and the player himself, Zimmermann has a responsibility to know that he is fit, he should have come off… he’s saying he can’t make the block and Haller scores the goal, that’s their fault.
Jenas restores some balance
“It’s a joke (Haller not getting a penalty), it’s getting ridiculous.
“There’s clear contact there, it’s a clear penalty, the ref’s not give it, (VAR) change it, make the right decision, that’s what you’re there for.”
Well said Jermaine.
Even if you are a former Tottenham Hotspur star, we’ll let you off this week.