Manuel Pellegrini believes West Ham were unfortunate to only draw against Leicester City on Saturday and claims a mistake from the linesman cost his side.

Michail Antonio had given the Hammers the lead in the first half with a fine header, before Jamie Vardy equalised with his eighth goal in as many league games.

Substitute Lucas Perez put the home side back in front with eight minutes remaining, and the Spaniard had a second goal wrongly disallowed for offside late on; a decision which came back to haunt Pellegrini’s side.

Harvey Barnes equalised for the Foxes in the 92nd minute, and the Hammers’ boss believes the linesman’s incorrect decision cost his side, according to BBC Sport.

We deserved more than a draw. We scored a legal goal for 3-1 and with that the game would have been finished, but it was a mistake of the linesman.

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I’ve seen it again and he was one metre onside. There is nothing you can do about that. Next season when we have VAR it can be more fair.

The draw does at least end the Hammers’ run of three consecutive league defeats, however, as their season meanders to a close with three games remaining.

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