By Daniel Feliciano

14th Aug, 2022 | 6:40pm

Trevor Sinclair reacts to controversial disallowed goal in West Ham United v Nottingham Forest

Trevor Sinclair believes the referee should have allowed Said Benrahma’s goal to stand for West Ham in their 1-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest.

The Hammers suffered a second consecutive defeat of the season thanks to Tayo Awoniyi’s first goal for the club, but Benrahma thought he’d equalised moments before.

As Michail Antonio tried to run into the box he collided with Orel Mangala and after the referee initially allowed the goal a VAR review saw it overturned and the goal disallowed, something former Hammer Sinclair disagreed with.

“#5 [Mangala] tried to block Antonio.. accidental coming together, goal should stand,” he said on his official Twitter account.

It’s a decision that has split opinion, but ultimately seemed harsh on initial viewing and didn’t look much better after seeing several video replays during and after the game.


It’s just a really poor decision by the referee and it’s embarrassing that it was even considered to be a foul by Antonio considering the context.

It’s clear that Antonio is running into the box and while Mangala shuffles in both directions, they accidentally collide. There’s no malice or intent and it affects absolutely nothing.

Rice plays a lovely pass into Benrahma who finished well and that was almost immediately followed up by Forest getting their goal just before half-time.

It completely swung momentum and West Ham rightly felt robbed by the decision. They had their chances and it was one of those days, but poor decisions like that certainly didn’t help.

Sinclair is right, the goal should have stood and West Ham were dealt a bad hand on this one. We now have to strap up and go again in midweek in Europe, to try and create some momentum for the league.