Everton fans were left raging at the decision to allow Jarrod Bowen’s opening goal for West Ham to stand.
Hammers defender Kurt Zouma rose between Conor Coady and James Tarkowski to nod the ball on in the 34th minute. Bowen gambled by darting into the space behind the Toffees centre-backs and was rewarded when the ball dropped in front of him, leading to a straightforward finish past Jordan Pickford.
His late run for the goal was briefly checked for a potential offside by VAR, before being allowed to stand.
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It appeared the Englishman was narrowly played on by defender Tarkowski's right foot. But the Everton faithful were nonetheless left fuming as they took to social media to vent their frustration.
One Twitter user wrote: “HE WAS OFFSIDE. WHAT A F****** JOKE,” while another tweeted: “hahahaha it’s offside but it’s not cos it’s us.”
Another fan complained: “If that was the other end they’d find a way to make it offside.” And a fourth added: “Have VAR stopped drawing offside lines??”
Everton did not have long to voice their complaints as they were quickly punished a second time – again by Bowen – who had not scored since September for the east Londoners.
The winger netted just seven minutes after his first following some terrific wing play by Michail Antonio. Antonio beat his man out wide with his terrific pace before finding Bowen, who scored a volley from the six-yard line.
The win crucially took David Moyes’ Hammers out of the relegation zone, while sending his former club Everton down to 20th.
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