Top pundits give their verdict on controversial refereeing decisions that cost West Ham

Stamford Bridge Outside The Stadium

Two top football pundits have had their say after yet more refereeing decisions cost West Ham United dear in the draw at Chelsea.

At Stamford Bridge, where the Hammers haven't won since 2003, the Hammers were deservedly and comfortably leading fierce rivals Chelsea 2-1 and looked set to leapfrog Manchester City into the Champions League places.

That was until another howler from the match officials saw the Blues awarded a penalty that never was in the dying seconds of the game.

It wasn't the only controversy either.

In first half stoppage time the referee pushed the Hammers wall back 12 yards, with the protestation of West Ham's players going ignored.

Fabregas stepped up and converted the free-kick, made all the easier for him with West Ham's wall completely powerless to stop it.

West Ham fans, and angry boss Slaven Bilic, are not alone in their frustrations, though.

'Fabregas had a bit of help'

Because BBC pundits Jermaine Jenas and Danny Murphy were outspoken about the decisions on Match of the Day.

"Fabregas got a bit of help," Murphy told MOTD referring to the first half stoppage time free-kick.

"The West Ham players were disappointed because it (the wall) was 12 yards, they felt they were too far away.

"As someone who has taken a free-kick, if the wall is a bit further away your confidence is more, you feel like you can score more."

'They've been done'

But Jenas, a former Tottenham Hotspur player, hit out at the officiating which led to the late Chelsea equaliser.

"This is where I feel they've (West Ham) been done," Jenas said.

"It's outside the box, it's not a penalty, it is a free-kick and it's cost them and they did not deserve that at all."

Murphy agreed on the penalty and said it was 'a huge decision in the Champions League race'.

West Ham must realistically win five of their remaining eight games to mount a serious challenge for the top four.

That is not beyond of the realms of possibility given they have five home games remaining at their beloved Boleyn Ground before the depart for the Olympic Stadium this summer.

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