By George Overhill

9th Jan, 2022 | 2:54pm

Craig Dawson wows Dean Ashton with his role in first-half event

Craig Dawson was “wonderful” with his involvement in a West Ham penalty shout during the first half against Leeds United in the FA Cup, according to Dean Ashton.

The Hammers defender displayed excellent control in the box to receive a ball that was awkward for Leeds United defender Leo Hjelde.

Ultimately after a VAR review a penalty was not rewarded but Dawson certainly impressed.

Speaking on the ITV match commentary, Ashton said: “It was a wonderful touch from Dawson, watched it right onto his instep”

On his view regarding a penalty he added: “Certainly not putting his hand out to handball. It’s just a natural movement.”

Strong first half

West Ham took the lead into the half after Manuel Lanzini put them ahead in the 34th minute following a scramble in the Leeds United box.

The goal itself was awarded after a VAR review with questions over Jarrod Bowen being offside in the build up.

Fans will hope that their side can build on the strong first-half showing at the London Stadium to put them through the fourth round.

They could have taken a 2-0 lead into half-time, with another shot cleared off the line earlier in the half.

There was some worry when Michail Antonio went down injured but he was fit to continue.

David Moyes will be pleased with his side’s showing and will hope it can be the start of a run to the final, something captain Mark Noble has spoken about wishing for in his final season.

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