Paul's Lament

Paul Goddard insists that West Ham had no luck whatsoever at Elland Road on Saturday - and the sending off of Fredi Kanoute illustrated that.

Looking back on Saturday, he says:

"It was a disappointing result, there was some very spirited play, but we didn't get any little breaks or decisions go our way.

"I didn't see the sending off incident but Fredi said the boy stuck his leg out as he ran by him, and then he pushed him in the back off the ball.

"He has turned round and flicked him in the face or round the cheek after he was kicked and pushed; it sounds like provocation which has caused a reaction.

"I don't think, personally, the linesman saw it but the fourth official did.

"It just seemed, the way it happened, that the Leeds players obviously overreacted. "There was no action taken against Seth Johnson for the two offences he made - but that is sometimes what happens.

"That might have been something to do with the Leeds lads in his ear hole - you will have to ask him that one, because for all intents and purposes he wanted to play on, didn't he?

"I think Fredi is the first to admit he reacted wrongly to the provocation he was under, though."