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Moyes bamboozled as West Ham cop controversial late equaliser against Bournemouth

David Moyes couldn't believe West Ham United didn't leave the south coast with a valuable three points on Boxing Day.

The Hammers were leading Bournemouth 3-2 before Callum Wilson nodded home a dubious equaliser in injury time.

James Collins pounced on a corner at the front post to open the scoring for the visitors. However, after goals from Dan Gosling and Nathan Ake, the Cherries were in front with 33 minutes left to play.

Then Asmir Begovic lost his mind. The big Bosnian goalkeeper made two crucial errors to allow Marko Arnautovic to put West Ham back in front.

It seemed destined to stay that way until referee Bobby Madley decided to overrule his lineman's decision to cancel Wilson's goal - who also appeared to handle the ball during the goal - allowing the Cherries to tie things up.

An obviously disappointed Moyes expressed his confusion with the decision when speaking after the game.

"I don't know how it was overruled. I don't know how or why he [Madley] would have to go to him if the linesman gives an offside. You rarely see that in any game where a linesman puts his flag up and it would be changed," he told Sky Sports.

"He said he was alerted that the linesman put his flag up, I've never really heard of that, but I take his word for it that he went to see what it was.

"I've had a look at it and I think you can say that the offside is tight but the linesman, who does put his flag up for offside, but if he didn't, it's the Bournemouth player who puts the ball in the net with his arm. I'm still trying to work out how it can be overruled.

"The referee will see it himself. They get disappointed if they don't get it right. The last thing we want to do is blame referees, they do a great job in this country and I always think they try and referee each game as best they can.

"But today, I think there were a couple of decisions, and certainly for us, if one of our players had stuck their foot up high, they might have been talking about a jail sentence if he'd done that.

"I think there were some actions today where we were a bit unlucky, but we were lucky because Bournemouth had one or two chances as well."

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