Tony Cottee: “No concern at this stage with West Ham’s position.”

Hammers legend Tony Cottee reviews Wolves v West Ham.

It does not concern me that at this stage of the season West Ham are in the bottom three.

I take great comfort in the fact that Everton, who were fourth bottom before Sunday’s win over Liverpool jumped up to 11th.

We are unbeaten in four and playing well. We are not trailing off at the bottom and because the Premier League is so competitive with so many teams inconsistent, there is no reason to worry. Although if we are in this position come Christmas my opinion may change.

I did say before Saturday’s match that the most important thing was that we did not lose the game because the last thing we needed was to fall three points behind a side who had not won since the opening day.


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After a poor first half showing, we were unlucky in the end not to get the win and it was our bad luck that referee Mark Clattenburg adjudged that Frederic Piquionne handled so late on, disallowing what would have been a winner.

I can understand why he gave it. He nor his assistant had a great view of the incident and the only real way to judge the situation is by giving a decision based on the reaction of the players near the incident.

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All of the Wolves defenders immediately appealed for handball and that must have swayed his decision.

This type of incident does make a case for the extra official as they might have seen the incident more clearly, but even then how could you be sure he would have seen that Piquionne used his chest, rather than his hand?

I wouldn’t be a fan of seeing technology being used in this case as it would disrupt the play for too long and even after seeing the television replays, you cannot be 100 per cent sure it was not handball and it would take too long to make a decision. The only place I believe we should use technology is on the goal-line.

Full marks must go to the referee however for awarding the penalty.

Not just because it was in West Ham’s favour, but I believe that game is all about goals and the advantage in those situations should go to the forward.

Of course I am biased being a former striker and there is a lot on the line in football with all the money in the game, but penalties add to the excitement of matches.

It was great to see Kieron Dyer back in the side because I believe he brings a different type of creativity to our side.

He has great pace and his movement is particularly impressive. The runs he makes forces defenders to take up awkward positions, creating space and when he is back and fully fit it’s like having a new signing.

He really works well with Mark Noble, who has been in excellent form of late as well as Scott Parker who we all know has been incredibly consistent over the last two years and I expect these three to play a key part in the Hammers’ season.

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