Tomas Soucek sent off in controversial VAR decision at the end of Fulham and West Ham draw
Premier League, Craven Cottage - Fulham 0 West Ham United 0
Tomas Soucek of West Ham appeals to match referee Mike Dean after being shown a red card during the Premier League match between Fulham and West Ham United at Craven Cottage on February 06, 2021 in London, England.
The home side had two glorious chances at the start of the second half with top-scorer Bobby Decordova-Reid volleying over and the impressive Ruben Loftus-Cheek failing to find the target from close range.
David Moyes threw on Mark Noble and Andriy Yarmalenko with more than 30 minutes left and came closest to scoring when Vladimir Coufal's bullet header at the back post rattled the crossbar.
And Moyes was left furious in stoppage time when Soucek was given a red card for an apparent elbow on Aleksandar Mitrovic after referee Mike Dean looked at the monitor.
The result sees the Irons move a point behind fourth-placed Liverpool, who face Manchester City on Sunday, while toothless Fulham are eights point adrift in the bottom three.
Mike Dean at the centre of more VAR controversy.
Mitrovic looked to have made a meal of the contact from Soucek's elbow on the edge of the box. There was certainly contact but violent conduct is a stretch, he appeared to try and get his arm out of the way in the collision with the Fulham striker. There will be no surprise if the Hammers appeal the decision.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Fulham): In a game of few stand out performers, the midfielder was at the centre of Fulham's best attacks with his driving runs into the box and his link-up play with Ademola Lookman. He came close to scoring on a couple of occasions.
Fulham's English midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek reacts after missing a chance during the English Premier League football match between Fulham and West Ham United at Craven Cottage in London on February 6, 2021.