Price per head sportsbooks learned that Sam Allardyce, West Ham boss, criticized referee Lee Mason after his decision to send off captain Mark Noble in the 3-2 loss at home to Everton.
Five minutes after giving West Ham a 2-1 lead from the penalty spot, Noble was sent off for a second bookable offence, and the manager believes that the decision made ended up being a turning point in the game, and price per head sportsbooks could clearly see this.
Everton went on to get the points as two Leighton free kicks by Baines were added by a late winner from Romelu Lukaku, and Allardyce insisted that the referee made a mistake on a key call.
“I’ve had a look at it and it’s easy for me to say that he (Noble) got the ball but he did because I can see it on the laptop, the referee sees it from where he is but he’s got to be certain,” Allardyce said.
And price per head sportsbooks could see how controversial the referee’s decision turned out to be.
“Baines might have put the free-kick in but we would have still been 2-2 with 11 men not 10.”
Pay per head sportsbooks found out that despite the result, Allardyce insisted that he was very delighted with the performance made by his team in the first half.
He added: “We were playing against a very good side and I think we matched them and the goal from Ravel (Morrison) was great.
“It gives him a lot of confidence in his development and the growth he’s got but we found the difference in Everton when Lukaku came on.
“We had to make sure we controlled that situation, which was Everton getting more and more in the attacking mode, because playing off him was more difficult for us to cope with. But our defensive qualities really shone through again.
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“I thought ‘If a few do our defensive job like we normally do then we’ll be okay today now and we’ll probably get the win’. And then the game changes, and none more so than the Mark Noble sending off.”