West Brom boss slams VAR for robbing his team of a win

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West Brom manager Slaven Bilic believes his side should have gotten a win in the 3-3 draw against Chelsea.

The Baggies were leading the game 3-0 at half-time, but a Chelsea revival in the second half sparked a comeback for the Blues, with Tammy Abraham scoring in the 93rd minute to seal at least a draw for Chelsea.

There was a case of handball leading up to the goal, as the ball fondled Kai Havertz hand accidentally before it found its way to Tammy Abraham.

Bilic would have been expecting the goal to be cancelled after VAR review, but it stood, much to the annoyance of Bilic.

An enraged Bilic said after the game: “It’s not that it looks like [a handball] or that it might be a handball, but what do you want me to do now? To say what I want to say and they fine me again? It’s unbelievable. You have a bunch of guys there who did everything to win the game, who defended great and to have two points taken from us in this manor with VAR is completely beyond me.

“I told the guys before the game this is a game of character, a game of mentality. We can’t outclass them but we can out-run them. We can’t give them anything but must grab whatever they give you and create and score goals. It is a very good performance from us but at the same time we are extremely disappointed with the outcome. Before the game it is a good point for us but the way it happened in the dying seconds of the game – it’s unbelievable.

“I’ve seen a lot of positives, even against Leicester and against Everton in the first half. We have played against three teams that are really, really good who are contenders to be top-four, top-five. To have this performance is a big boost for us but we deserved three points today.”

A new rule which was introduced last season ensured that an accidental handball leading to a goal won’t count if the passage of play goes past that moment.

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