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Sam Allardyce fumes over referee decision after Old Trafford defeat

West Ham United's Gary O'Neil (right) and Manchester United's Ryan Giggs (left) battle for the ball during the FA Cup Third Round Replay at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 16, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

West Ham United's Gary O'Neil (right) and Manchester United's Ryan Giggs (left) battle for the ball during the FA Cup Third Round Replay at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 16, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce felt his side should have been awarded a penalty after they crashed out of the FA Cup with a 1-0 defeat against Manchester United.

Wayne Rooney scored the only goal of the third-round replay in the early stages, but also missed a second-half penalty after Jordan Spence was adjudged to have handled the ball by referee Phil Dowd.

However, Allardyce was furious the Hammers had not been given a spot-kick of their own for Rafael’s apparent handball shortly after the interval.

“There’s no doubt about the difference between Rafael’s handball and Jordan Spence’s,” he said afterwards.

“Spence plays for West Ham and the away team, while Rafael plays for the home side at Old Trafford.

“With Rafael, the ball hits his hand but no penalty is given. With Jordan Spence, the ball hits his hand and it’s a penalty.

“You see it time and time again at Old Trafford. The ref did not see Rafael’s handball because of his position. But he was in a worse position to see Jordan Spence’s than Rafael’s.”

Wayne Rooney’s goal saw United go through to a fourth-round tie against Fulham and United veteran Ryan Giggs was slightly relieved to progress.

“I’m pleased,” he said. “It’s the FA Cup and anything can happen. You saw that from some of the results last night, so I’m pleased to get through.

“When you’ve got players coming back from injury it can be tough sometimes. And we have to give credit to West Ham, they were tough to play against.”

 

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