Graham Poll highlights two decisions which cost West Ham against Chelsea

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Ex-referee Graham Poll has suggested that two important decisions went against West Ham when they drew 2-2 with Chelsea on Saturday.

Former Premier League referee Graham Poll has admitted to the Daily Mail that two wrong decisions cost West Ham United against Chelsea on Saturday.

The Hammers felt aggrieved after their 2-2 at Stamford Bridge, a game which they had twice led before being pegged back by Guus Hiddink's men.

Chelsea's first goal came from a Cesc Fabregas free kick, where West Ham's wall appeared to have been marched back further than the regulatory ten yards, giving Fabregas room to get the ball up and over the wall, into the top corner.

As if that wasn't enough, Fabregas then doubled his account by scoring from the penalty spot, with Michail Antonio booked for fouling midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek on his way to goal.

However, Loftus-Cheek appeared to be outside of the penalty area when contact was made, giving West Ham another reason to feel hard done by after the final whistle, with referee Bobby Madley coming in for stern criticism on Saturday evening.

It won't mean much to manager Slaven Bilic now, but former Premier League referee Graham Poll has told the Daily Mail that he feels those two decisions were incorrect, as the first goal had West Ham's wall two yards deeper than it should have been, whilst he also agreed that Loftus-Cheek was brought down outside the box, not inside the box.

"West Ham were understandably disappointed to concede the late penalty," said Poll. "Referee Bobby Madley was right in detecting Michail Antonio’s trip on Ruben Loftus-Cheek but contact was outside the area. Madley seemed unsure of the position and looked over to his assistant. One can only assume he told Madley the foul was inside the area."

"West Ham also had justifiable complaints about Cesc Fabregas scoring from a free-kick, as Madley positioned their defensive wall 12 yards back instead of the required 10," he added.

Those two goals cost West Ham two points, and with Bilic's men chasing a shock Champions League spot, the Hammers will be hoping that those two refereeing mistakes don't come back to haunt them come May.

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