West Ham United's Aaron Cresswell is shown a red card by referee Martin Atkinson
West Ham picked up a vital win on Saturday evening, as after just one victory in their first seven games, they grabbed a 1-0 win at Selhurst Park thanks to Manuel Lanzini's goal.
West Ham's Aaron Cresswell in action with Crystal Palace's James McArthur
The Hammers had to hang on late in the day, as they were reduced to 10 men after Aaron Cresswell was controversially sent off for two yellow cards in as many minutes.
The left back – returning from a lengthy injury – enjoyed a superb performance before being harshly booked for diving inside the penalty area when he appeared to be fouled, and less than two minutes later he was booked again for a soft foul on Wilfried Zaha.
West Ham co-chairman David Gold
West Ham boss Slaven Bilic will be frustrated to have seen Cresswell given his marching orders, given that both yellow cards were highly contentious – and a host of notable names have offered their views on Twitter.
Pundits Gary Lineker, Phil Neville and Richards Keys all conveyed their dismay with the decisions, stating that Cresswell should never have been sent off.
Former West Ham players Danny Gabbidon, Don Hutchison and Matthew Etherington were all stunned by the decision, with Etherington noting that the poor decision from referee Martin Atkinson could have cost West Ham points.
Finally, the club's co-chairman David Gold took to Twitter to state that there was 'no justice' from the referee, as he was denied a clear penalty – and was clearly angry with the rules that West Ham can't appeal the decision as it was two yellow cards rather than a straight red.
Horrible refereeing! Never a dive, it was a penalty. And not a 2nd yellow. Cresswell badly treated.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 15, 2016
That's poor. Cresswell is unlucky there. Cabaye catches him. It's a pen. The 2nd one isn't even a booking.— Richard Keys (@richardajkeys) October 15, 2016
Christ on a bike that’s never ever ever ever been a second yellow/red for @Aaron_Cresswell— Don Hutchison (@donhutch4) October 15, 2016
No way a sending off - cresswell was fouled by cabeye for a penalty and 2nd challenge only a foul— Philip Neville (@fizzer18) October 15, 2016
Cresswell sending off... Such a bad decision on both counts, could have cost #WHU the game. Atkinsons performance won't be addressed though.— Matthew Etherington (@mattyethers) October 15, 2016
Winston Reid outstanding Cresswell brilliant too before that unjust sending off #WHUFC— Daniel Gabbidon (@Gabbidon35) October 15, 2016
Cresswell is denied a penalty which would have secured a 2-0 victory instead he is booked for diving and misses the next game #nojustice. dg— David Gold (@davidgold) October 15, 2016
Unfortunately two wrong decisions made by a referee resulting in two yellow cards followed by a red can not be rescinded. 'It's the law.' dg https://t.co/usQheKDHGZ— David Gold (@davidgold) October 15, 2016
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