We’re delighted to welcome former Premier League referee Keith Hackett as our exclusive West Ham columnist, each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at the London Stadium…

Michael Oliver was right to book Jesse Lingard for time-wasting in the late stages of West Ham’s 3-2 win over Wolves, according to Keith Hackett.

Lingard, 28, capped his brilliant display with a crafty piece of time-wasting at a throw-in during stoppage time to help see out a win for the Hammers that lifted them up to fourth in the Premier League table.

Hackett has praised Oliver for managing the situation and acting upon it when Lingard ignored the referee’s push for play to resume at a throw-in.

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“I thought Michael Oliver handled it brilliantly,” Hackett told West Ham Zone in an exclusive interview.

“When a team is winning 1-0 or are a goal ahead, they can wind the clock down. Time wasting and time consuming are two different perspectives on a situation where clubs are legally allowed to time consume and they do it within the laws of the game.

“However, when it’s time-wasting, that’s another matter. It is evident at that point that Lingard is time-wasting.

“Oliver goes through the right process. He indicates to Lingard to get on with it so he’s done his management, it’s not a warning, just some management to get on with the game. He doesn’t respond, he still takes his time and, as a result, Oliver produces a yellow card.

“Sensibly, rather than saying ‘take the throw-in again because I was issuing a yellow card’, he allows it to flow. 

“From a refereeing perspective, I don’t think he could have done any better.”

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Lingard’s time-wasting led to an altercation on the full-time whistle when Wolves’ Pedro Neto took exception to the Man United loanee’s underhand tactics.

It was a stunning performance, especially in the first half, by the Hammers on Monday night as they thrust themselves into the top four with eight matches left to play.

Lingard was heavily involved in all three goals in the first half for the Irons, scoring one and assisting another.

His time-wasting at the end could have also proven key to the victory and while it is against the laws of the game – it’s not as though other teams don’t do it either.

In other West Ham news, Lingard had one of the greatest halves of football by a Hammers player versus Wolves in Premier League history.


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