David Moyes unhappy with refereeing as West Ham crash out of Europa League semi-finals

Hammers boss 'disappointed put proud' after tough night in Germany.

David Moyes admitted he was unhappy with the standard of refereeing as West Ham crashed out of the Europa League semi-finals in Frankfurt.

The Hammers faced an uphill task after losing the first leg 2-1 at the London Stadium last week.

That task became even tougher in the 19th minute, though, as Aaron Cresswell was sent off for pulling down Eintracht Frankfurt forward Jens Hauge as he was through on goal.

Just three minutes later Rafael Borre scored to extend the Bundesliga side's advantage and all but end the tie.

Asked if he had any complaints about the red card, Moyes said: "Lots of complaints, yeah.

"Really disappointed. Things didn't go for us on the night. Small things didn't happen but I am really proud of the players.

"How they played with 10 men was fantastic. They stayed in it. Other teams would have folded and lost two or three. The boys here are great. Tough boys.

"I thought we tried. We created chances. I thought we had better chances than Frankfurt. But we congratulate them. They go through, we don't and we give them our best wishes.

"I don't feel any of that [pride] at the moment. I just feel disappointment as I felt this was a chance. We have played better teams probably than Frankfurt.

"Let's be honest, we probably lost the game in the first 30 seconds at the London Stadium when we conceded. We were chasing the game since.

"We have enjoyed being in the competition. Not sure we have enjoyed the officiating. We have a pretty good team so I think we can try again. We will be a bit wiser and can hopefully do it more often."

Moyes fell foul of the officials himself when he was sent off too, but he says he has to accept responsibility for that.

"I kicked a ball back at a ball boy so I apologise for that," he said. "He threw it very softly at me."

The defeat will likely cast more doubt over the future of West Ham captain Declan Rice, but he had an encouraging message for Hammers fans.

"It's heartbreaking," Rice said. "There's something special about West Ham fans. How much they care about you, how they treat you.

"I'm proud to play in front of them. It's not meant to be, but a big thank you for your support."

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