West Ham fans react on Twitter to Nordtveit horror tackle against Leicester
By Matt Farr
West Ham’s Havard Nordtveit can count himself very lucky not to have been shown a red card in the 1-0 defeat to Leicester on Saturday – and Hammers fans on Twitter are in agreement.
Leicester defender Ben Chilwell was the recipient of the controversial challenge from West Ham’s Nordtveit, with referee Anthony Taylor deeming the incident worthy of only a yellow card.
The incident occurred in the 71st-minute with Leicester looking to maintain their one-goal advantage, courtesy of Islam Slimani’s earlier strike.
Many Hammers fans were surprised to see Nordtveit’s challenge earn little more than a yellow card, and took to social media to voice their opinions.
Here are some of their messages on Twitter:
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Nordtveit should be off there. Proper kick aswell.
— Martin (@Martin_whufc) December 31, 2016
How has Nordtveit stayed on for that. Christ…
— Scott Fautley (@IAmScottFautley) December 31, 2016
Jeeeeez Nordtveit lucky there!! I’ve just got in any other talking points?
— Katherine Alder (@alwaysintune) December 31, 2016
There’s high feet and then there’s whatever Nordtveit did just then. Slightly surprised it was only a yellow #LEIWHU
— Mike Atkins (@MikeAtkns) December 31, 2016
Disgraceful tackle from Nordtveit, if you can even call it a tackle. Lucky to still be on the pitch
— Josh Trownson (@josh_trownson) December 31, 2016
Nordtveit very naughty
— Mikespace Online ™ (@MikespaceOnline) December 31, 2016
@JameswhufcJones how he didn’t send Nordtveit off is beyond me, it was sooo obvious
— Anton Karlsson (@AntonnKarlsson) December 31, 2016
The incident overshadowed what was a mixed afternoon for the versatile defender, who was deployed in an unfamiliar right-back role as Bilic scrapped his preferred 3-4-2-1 to go for a more conservative 4-2-3-1 formation.
There were a host of positives to look back on, including a superb last-ditch challenge to deny a clear-cut Leicester opportunity. However, alongside the challenge on Chilwell, there were a number of errors that Nordtveit won’t fondly look back on.
The Hammers missed their opportunity to finish the year in the top-half of the table, instead slipping to 13th in the Premier League. Comfortable wins for both Bournemouth and Burnley saw them leapfrog the Hammers into 10th and 11th.
The defeat also brought to an end West Ham’s three-match winning run, and Slaven Bilic’s men must now regroup ahead of a testing encounter with Manchester United on Monday.
In other West Ham news, here is how the players rated in the defeat.