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Moyes blasts ref for awarding Cherries' equaliser

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By Nick Purewal

David Moyes believes referee Bobby Madley overruled his assistant Simon Long to award Bournemouth a controversial equaliser that secured a 3-3 draw with West Ham.

Hammers boss Moyes admitted to being left mystified as to how Madley and his assistant Long came to the conclusion to award Callum Wilson's added-time goal at the Vitality Stadium.

Marko Arnautovic's double in the last 10 minutes stole West Ham a 3-2 lead on the south coast, only for Wilson to bundle home Nathan Ake's header.

West Ham were adamant that Cherries striker Wilson had brushed the ball home with his arm, sparking a lengthy debate between Madley and Long that ended with the goal awarded.

"When the linesman's flag goes up you think, 'We've got out of jail there a bit'," said Moyes.

"But to overrule the linesman's decision, I couldn't believe it.

"I think you could question the offside, it looks pretty level. But you can't question that the Bournemouth player (Wilson) put it in with the top of his arm.

"When I saw the commotion I thought there was no way he (Madley) would overturn it."

Dan Gosling and Ake had Bournemouth hoping for a 2-1 win after James Collins opened the scoring for West Ham. Arnautovic bagged two goals in eight minutes to turn the tide.

Hammers manager Moyes kept his cool when assessing referee Madley's performance, but hit out at the officials for awarding Wilson's late leveller.

"He said the assistant referee put his flag up to draw attention to it, and I've never heard of that ever," said Moyes. "If the assistant referee raises his flag, what would it be for? Offside.

"You could say that it was offside, but I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt. But I can't give them any benefit of doubt for their player raising his hand."

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