Luis laments weekend luck

Luis Boa Morte believes West Ham United were unfortunate to leave Wolverhampton Wanderers with just one Barclays Premier League point on Saturday.

The Hammers recovered from a sluggish first-half performance and a Matt Jarvis goal to dominate the second half at Molineux and equalise through Mark Noble's 53rd-minute penalty.

Frederic Piquionne came within the width of the crossbar of netting a winner from Boa Morte's inch-perfect through ball three minutes later before the Frenchman saw a last-gasp winner ruled out for handball by referee Mark Clattenburg.

Boa Morte, whose move to the centre of midfield from a starting position on the left wing played a part in West Ham's recovery, admitted to having mixed emotions following a game his team could easily have won.

"We didn't play our stuff in the first half, aside from a couple of times. The manager had a chat with us and we knew what we had to do in the second half and that's what happened. We came out and just did our work the way we knew we could do. We scored and had the chance to score more than one.

"We knew that in the second half we had to change things and that's what we did [from a 4-4-2 to 4-3-3 formation]. We changed the things and we grew in confidence and made a very good start. We had the penalty and kept chasing the second goal. It wouldn't happen, but it was a bit unlucky for us."

When asked about Clattenburg's decision to rule out Piquionne's 94th-minute effort, Boa Morte was diplomatic, conceding that the Tyne and Wear official had had to reach a hugely difficult split-second conclusion.

"I didn't have a clear view of the contact Freddie got on the ball so there is not much I can say about it. Sometimes, the referee can take a couple of seconds to come to a decision because it is a hard job for him as well. At the end of the day, it was a deserved point. We didn't get beaten and that was the most important thing.

Earlier, before both Noble's spot-kick - awarded after Kevin Foley's foul on Victor Obinna - and after Jarvis's 10th-minute opener, goalkeeper Robert Green had been called upon to make a succession of fine saves to keep Wolves at bay.

Like so many of his team-mates before him, Boa Morte was quick to praise the performance of the England stopper in repelling efforts from David Jones and Christophe Berra.

"Greeny is a top goalkeeper and it's not the first time he has done that. We feel confident in Greeny and everyone is behind him and he is behind everyone!"