“Lucky” West Ham star should have been sent off against Everton, says ex-referee.

“Lucky” West Ham star should have been sent off against Everton, says ex-referee.

West Ham remain in contention for a place in Europe next season after their 2-1 Premier League victory over Everton on Saturday.

Everton, on the other hand, is in a lot of trouble right now. Manager Frank Lampard is in charge of the Toffees, who are only three points away from safety. Even though the Toffees have two games in hand, their poor form and upcoming games will be major concerns.

Liverpool face Manchester United, Leicester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, and their fierce rivals all before the end of the season. There is no doubt that the Merseyside Blues are in danger of being thrown out of the Premier League.

Even though the Toffees are also set to play Burnley and Brentford, last weekend's game against West Ham was a huge chance for Lampard's team to get at least a point.

Aaron Cresswell's free-kick in the first half set the tone for the game, and winger Jarrod Bowen added a second goal just before the hour mark.

Although stand-in midfielder Mason Holgate leveled the score shortly after halftime, the Englishman's efforts were in vain.

As a result of Donny van de Beek pulling up injured during the warm-up, Mason Holgate started for Everton against West Ham on Saturday.

Lampard will feel cheated in more ways than one, but especially because of one incident that appeared to go unnoticed, and ex-Premier League referee Mark Halsey agrees.

Deep into injury time, defender and goal scorer Cresswell was seen kicking out at a downed Richarlison.

"I think Aaron Cresswell may count himself lucky not to have been sent off for his petulant kick out on Richarlison," Halsey stated exclusively to CaughtOffside about the horrifying incident.

"You may claim that was an act of violence; there was no need to do that."

"He is fortunate." Both the referee and the VAR did not consider it a red card. I think he was really fortunate – if the referee had sent Cresswell off, there would have been no need for a review."

Despite the fact that the time on the clock suggested that even if Michael Oliver had shown Cresswell a red card, Everton would not have had enough time to equalize, that is not the point.

Officiating in England's top tier is constantly scrutinized, and while many disagree, often unfairly, it is perhaps unsurprising that situations like Saturday's go not only unpunished, but also ignored.

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