Schneiderlin 'should have seen red'

Schneiderlin 'should have seen red'

Schneiderlin 'should have seen red'

Sam Allardyce felt West Ham were denied victory at Southampton by referee Andre Marriner's decision not to send off Morgan Schneiderlin.

The teams fought out a goalless draw in difficult conditions at St Mary's, although things could have been much different had the French midfielder been sent off.

Allardyce felt Schneiderlin should have been dismissed for a poor first-half tackle on Mohamed Diame, for which Marriner did not even award a free-kick.

West Ham themselves were fortunate not to be reduced to 10 men after a Joey O'Brien lunge on Adam Lallana with 20 minutes remaining, but Allardyce feels Schneiderlin's tackle would have been the difference.

"We feel a bit disappointed that Schneiderlin is still on the pitch - we didn't even get a free kick - because it's a two-footed challenge," the Hammers boss told Sky Sports 1.

"(With) two-footed challenges, we have been told by everyone in the referees' department from Mike Riley down, there is no other choice but a straight red - this one we didn't even get a free kick.

"I can't for the life of me [understand] - Andre (Marriner) is such an experienced referee now, how he didn't see that.

"For me that was a disappointment. It's in the end kept them with 11 men on the field when the law was supposed to be they should only have had 10 men which would have given us a better chance of winning.

"But I'm happy with a point. I can't affect what the referees do, it's not my job."

In the end, Allardyce had goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen to thank for keeping the Saints at bay.

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