By Aramide Oladipo
Former referee Dermot Gallagher believes that West Ham United captain Mark Noble was lucky not to receive a red card in the Premier League match against Southampton on the weekend.
In the first-half, the 30-year-old made a very poor tackle on Southampton defender Mario Lemina in a ’50-50′ challenge but referee Lee Mason missed the incident and the midfielder did not even receive a yellow card.
Mason had stopped the match as Noble’s teammate Marko Arnautovic was suffering from a head injury after he received an arm to the face from Lemina moments before.
Arnautovic was later sent-off before the half-time interval following a deliberate elbow on Southampton defender Jack Stephens.
Speaking about the incident on Sky Sports News’ Monday morning Sports Now show (August 21, 11:30am), Gallagher felt that Noble was lucky to escape a straight red but he sympathised with the referee.
“That’s a red card for me,” he said.
“The pictures are quite damning and it’s a red card.
“But, at that point, the referee’s focus is not on that tackle, it’s on the initial incident.”
Although they managed to comeback from a 2-0 deficit, the Hammers failed to hang on as the hosts scored a last-gasp penalty to win the match.
The result means that West Ham have failed to pick up a single point in their opening two Premier League matches of the new season.
The Hammers are currently sitting at the bottom of the league table.
In other West Ham news, this Hammers star was selected in the Telegraph’s Premier League team of the week.