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West Ham boss Moyes hits out at officials after controversial Wilson equaliser

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 Dean Court.

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, while assistant referee Long raised his flag sparking a lengthy debate with Madley that ended with the goal being 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.

"I think you could question the offside, because it looks pretty level.

"But what you can't do is 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 had opened the scoring for West Ham.

Austria forward Arnautovic bagged two goals in eight minutes to turn the tide late on though, the first courtesy of a costly slip from home goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.

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

"I think he said the assistant referee only put his flag up to draw attention to it, and I've never heard of that ever," said Moyes, who confronted referee Madley on the field at full-time.

"If the assistant referee raises his flag, what would it be for? Offside.

"Arguably 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 the doubt for their player raising his hand."

Bournemouth captain Simon Francis caught Cheikhou Kouyate in the face with a high foot and escaped with a yellow card, but Moyes felt that decision was overly lenient.

Asked if Francis' challenge merited a red card, Moyes continued: "I don't think he looks at the player. But I think in any other country in the world that would have been a sending off today.

"Do I think it's right? No I don't, because I don't think he meant it."

Eddie Howe was left to lament two points he felt his Bournemouth side dropped, while still accepting Wilson's late equaliser probably should not have stood.

"Oh dear where do you start?" Howe said, with Bournemouth winless in eight league games and still in the relegation zone.

"I didn't think it would be given because of the length of the conversation.

"It looks like we might have got away with one there.

"But I thought a draw was the least we deserved. I know it's difficult for West Ham to take.

"I'm bitterly disappointed not to have won, because overall I think we should have done."

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