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Allardyce: Fellaini was lucky

Sam Allardyce believes Marouane Fellaini should have been sent off for a foul on James Tomkins in West Ham United's loss to Manchester United.

The incident happened in the 84th minute of West Ham's 2-0 defeat on Saturday and left Tomkins requiring treatment.

Replays showed Fellaini landing with his studs on the ankle of Tomkins but referee Lee Mason restarted play with a drop ball, suggesting to Allardyce that what happened had not been seen.

"I thought Marouane Fellaini was lucky not to get sent off," said the West Ham boss.

"They've got to be good enough to spot it, don't they? That's what their job is.

"Probably the ref wasn't in the right place and that's why if he has any doubt he can't give it.

"You've got to be absolutely certain if you're the referee that you've seen what has happened.

"Hopefully James will be OK for Wednesday."

West Ham will be looking to bounce back from their loss to Manchester United when they host Hull City in midweek.