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Keith Hackett has insisted that West Ham United defender Aaron Cresswell should have seen red in the 3-2 win v Liverpool.

The left-back went flying into a challenge on Jordan Henderson early on, but got away with it after VAR had taken a look.

Hackett “completely and utterly” disagreed with the decision, insisting that Stuart Attwell had to send Craig Pawson to the screen.

Speaking exclusively to West Ham Zone, Hackett said, “I thought that this was a red card offence every day, all day.

“It eas excessive force, it endangered the safety of an opponent. You can no longer use the ball as a decoy, I’ve heard the argument, the bounce on the ball put his foot high – well, to avoid getting sent off, don’t make that sort of challenge.

“He’s a very lucky boy, I’m disappointed that the VAR, Stuart Attwell didn’t come in and advise Pawson to go to the screen. Not sending this player off was a clear and obvious – I completely and utterly disagree.”

Got away with it.

Anyone can see that in the modern game, this is likely a red card.

Even the biggest West Ham fans could hold their hands up and admit that we likely got away with one here given some of the decisions made in the Premier League nowadays.

Cresswell went flying over the ball and made contact with Henderson’s knee with his studs, and you are usually already walking after one of those.

Hackett didn’t hold back in his assessment, and it appears as though some incompetence on the officials’ behalf saved the Irons.

Thankfully, we went on to record a huge win but on another day, it could have been a different story completely.

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