West Ham earned a vital three points against Leeds last night. But some eagle eyed Hammers fans were not impressed with Patrick Bamford encroaching on goal when the Whites scored their retaken penalty.

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Marcelo Bielsa’s side were gifted the chance to take the lead early on against the Hammers last night.

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Patrick Bamford (Photo by PETER POWELL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Patrick Bamford raced through on goal and was brought down by Lukasz Fabianski. It was a nailed on penalty.

The Pole saved Mateusz Klich’s spot-kick. He was adjudged to have come off his line, however. And the penalty was re-taken.

The 30-year-old Pole scored second time around.

But some West Ham fans were fuming with Patrick Bamford not being penalised for encroachment…

Now, the rule is that the penalty would have been retaken had Bamford interfered with play.

 

For example, had Fabianski saved the spot-kick and Bamford scored the rebound, the penalty would have had to be re-taken.

It is still an infuriating rule nonetheless.

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Patrick Bamford and Lukasz Fabianski (Photo by OLI SCARFF/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Leeds’ first penalty should not have been re-taken. The rule needs to change. Perhaps goalkeepers should be given two or three feet to play with in front of the line?

There is so much wrong with the modern game. And West Ham seem to be bearing the brunt of poor decisions week in week out.

We won the game in the end so it matters little now. But the powers that be surely need to look at improving that particular rule. It’s not enhancing the game one little bit, that’s clear to see.

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