Referee Lee Mason was the villain as West Ham eased past Hartlepool into the FA Cup fifth round courtesy of a 2-0 win at Victoria Park.
The official awarded a penalty for handball by Pools defender Michael Nelson in injury time at the end of the first half, although replays confirmed the offence had taken place well outside the box.
Mark Noble converted from the spot to add to Valon Behrami's 44th-minute opener after Scott Parker had cleared Michael Mackay's ninth-minute header off the line, while Hammers goalkeeper Robert Green had to make a fine one-handed save from Gary Liddle after the break.
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