By Nick Ware

13th Dec, 2021 | 11:21am

Dion Dublin suggests West Ham victims of major injustice in BBC MotD analysis of 0-0 draw at Burnley

Dion Dublin and Glenn Murray suggest West Ham suffered a major penalty injustice in their 0-0 draw at Burnley on Sunday (12 December).

Craig Dawson appeared to be fouled on the Burnley byline by Clarets star Dwight McNeil, but West Ham’s penalty shouts were waved away.

Speaking on BBC Match of the Day 2 on Sunday evening, ex-Brighton striker Murray is adamant that the Irons deserved a spot-kick.

“It’s an obvious penalty for me,” he said. “I think this is a penalty. Dawson hasn’t got control of the ball but you just can’t kick an opponent. Dawson is just going to ease it out for a West Ham corner, he’s sort of shielding it out but this angle here, McNeil goes to kick the ball, he just can’t do it for me.

“I think that is a stonewall penalty.”

Dublin added: “The difficulty about that one is because Dawson is in the air, he hasn’t got control of the ball, but he still gets kicked in the box.”

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Dawson may have been of little threat to Nick Pope’s goal as he looked to usher the ball out of play for another West Ham corner, but that doesn’t mean that a penalty cannot be awarded against McNeil.

Clearly, he caught Dawson and his actions were reckless in his own penalty box.

When compared to the penalty Leicester City’s James Maddison was awarded against Newcastle United on the same day, Dawson’s was stonewall.

As it was, the Irons were denied and VAR failed to come to their rescue.

It continues the poor recent form that has seen them pick up just one victory in their last five Premier League games and there are now real concerns over Michail Antonio, who has failed to score for the Irons since 24 October in a 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur.

A trip to the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday (15 December) to face Arsenal is next on the agenda for David Moyes’ side.

In other West Ham news, Jack Wilshere hit back at Andy Goldstein as an on-air Irons question was posed last week.

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