Rafa Benitez says he has a “problem” that referee Stuart Atwell failed to award a free-kick for a foul on Jordan PIckford in the build-up to West Ham’s winning goal.
The Everton goalkeeper was challenged by Michail Antonio and conceded a corner at the Park End, mid-way through the second-half.
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West Ham opened the scoring from the set-piece when Angelo Ogbonna leapt highest to head past Pickford.
The goalkeeper and Benitez both remonstrated with Atwell for not giving a free-kick and the protests continued after the final whistle.
Benitez said: “I have a problem because I am from Spain and normally in Europe the six-yard box is to protect the keeper. When you have a player blocking the keeper in the six-yard area it is a free-kick – and then you can argue whether there is a corner or not. You have to protect him.
“I will not change the perception so the way we concede, after we concede, we have to react and we have to improve. I spoke to the fourth official but they have their own idea and I will not change that after so many years.
“Why do you have the six-yard box? It is there for the keeper. The keeper sometimes goes for the ball and you cannot see what is coming from one side, which is why you have the six-yard box and not just for goal-kicks.”
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Asked about conceding a goal from a corner, Benitez said: “I was disappointed to concede, set pieces or open play doesn’t matter but we were talking about how dangerous this team can be because they are quite big. The way the corner was given is more disappointing.”