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Keith Hackett has insisted that the officials were right to hand Southampton a penalty in the Premier League clash against West Ham United.

Craig Dawson brought down Armando Broja in the box, but the contact appeared to start outside of the area initially.

Hackett shared that the law was applied correctly, as the defender continued to foul Broja throughout the contact.

“He’s effectively continued the fouling so as a result, you don’t go back to the first one – you actually award the penalty,” he exclusively told West Ham Zone.

“The referee has got that 100% correct, that’s the law. He’s applied the law correctly.”

Poor.

We are really starting to see the effects of Kurt Zouma and Angelo Ogbonna not being available at the London Stadium.

Dawson got obliterated for pace by the younger striker, and his decision to bring him down was an embarrassing one in the end.

When going for Champions League football, you can’t afford to be carrying players making mistakes such as this one or you will come up short.

A new defender is a priority in January, and it is clear to see why.

Hackett explained it perfectly with the law being applied correctly here, so we can have no complaints, we simply have to be better.

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