'No doubt about it' - Leon Osman adamant on controversial Leeds United decision v West Ham
Leon Osman has claimed there is ‘no doubt’ surrounding West Ham’s controversial goal against Leeds United yesterday (January 9).
The Hammers ran away 2-0 winners in East London, knocking Leeds out of the FA Cup in the third round.
Their first goal caused some controversy with Jarrod Bowen clearly offside in the build-up to the goal.
“I certainly don’t think it should have stood.” Osman said on The FA Cup.
“When you see it obviously in this moment as Vlasic has this shot, he’s offside Jarrod Bowen.
“There’s no doubt about it and as it runs on, yes he reaches for the ball, touches the ball so we all think that should be given offside.”
How that West Ham goal was allowed to stand Leeds fans will never know. Unless the rule book changed overnight, it is offside, as simple as that.
The referee and linesman are afforded some margin for mistake, human error is a natural and forgivable part of football.
However, having so much time, multiple angles and being removed from the emotion of the stadium, Peter Bankes has to do better in charge of VAR.
In hindsight Leeds weren’t good enough on the day. Despite having more of the ball, the Whites failed to land a proper blow on the Irons and deserved to lose the game.
There are positives to take though. 18-year-old Hjelde looked as comfortable as any Leeds centre back has in centre back this season. He really impressed on his senior debut and is certainly one for the future.
Leeds will be disappointed with yet another early cup exit but their full focus can now be put on the Premier League, where it needs to be.
In other Whites news, Leeds United could have 11 players missing v West Ham in Premier League clash.