Gareth Barry reacts to controversy in West Brom loss v West Ham, Peter Walton responds

Gareth Barry has thrown doubt over whether West Ham’s winner should have stood against West Brom at the London Stadium on Tuesday night.

Michail Antonio’s second-half strike was enough to secure all three points for David Moyes but after the match, ex-Albion midfielder Barry pointed out that Andriy Yarmolenko pushed Kieran Gibbs in the build-up.

Yarmolenko clearly put hands on Gibbs as he won a header that assisted Antonio’s strike.

Speaking after the match on Tuesday night, Barry said that he noticed the incident immediately.

“We saw straight away there might have been a slight nudge on Gibbs and he certainly falls down on the floor look he had a good shove,” Barry said on BT Sport 1.

“But if you look slowly there is a slight bit of contact there.”

When asked how much the push impacted the goal, Barry added: “I think once the referee hasn’t given that, there’s not enough contact to overturn it and once I saw the slow-motion replay, you knew the decision was going to stay.

“It’s the way VAR is working.”

Former Premier League referee Peter Walton was then asked for his view.

He said: “There’s a natural contact between a defender and an attacker jockeying for position for the ball and, as Gareth said there, there’s just not enough contact there to give that as a clear and obvious foul.

“I think Gibbs has under-jumped the ball so it’s exaggerated the offence itself.

“For me, I’m glad the VAR did not get involved.”

No complaints but it was ‘one of those’

It’s one of those that you sometimes see given and sometimes don’t.

Walton’s explanation is absolute rubbish, in our opinion. It doesn’t matter if Gibbs has mistimed his jump, if a player puts two hands on his back and pushes it can be a foul.

However, we have to admit that West Ham probably should have been awarded a penalty for a challenge on Tomas Soucek so, at the end of the day, we cannot have too many complaints.

But with the VAR works, it has to be a very clear error by the referee and we cannot say it was that clear. We’d have been furious if we scored that goal and it was ruled out so it’s one that can go either way.

Albion did a lot better against West Ham than they have done in other games, except for the win at Wolves.

It was an encouraging 90 minutes ahead of several big games in the coming weeks.

In other West Brom news, Albion want to sign this Benfica centre-forward.

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