FAC: Hartlepool 0-2 West Ham

BY foxsports • January 24, 2009

West Ham eased into the FA Cup fifth round with a 2-0 win over Hartlepool but the game turned on a dreadful blunder by referee Lee Mason.

In a dramatic conclusion to the first half, Switzerland international Valon Behrami fired the Premier League side into a 44th-minute lead, and they were then gifted a second in injury time by Mason's error.

The official pointed to the spot after defender Michael Nelson had handled Carlton Cole's flick-on, although the incident clearly took place outside the penalty area.


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