Sheffield United climbed to fifth place in the Premier League table with a win over West Ham on Friday. The Video Assistant Referee prevented an equalization in injury time.
Taking advantage of substitute goalkeeper David Martin to make a big mistake, John Fleck clung to his headstrong pass to finish Oli McBurnie, who crossed the finish line after 53 minutes.
Substitute Robert Snodgrass thought he had qualified for the guests, but the goal was no longer allowed after the ball was scored as a goal for Declan Rice's arm.
"VAR, VAR," the home fans shouted when the final whistle sounded. West Ham was beaten for the eighth time in eleven Premier League games and for the first time under new coach David Moyes.
The result means the hammers could stay two points above the relegation zone and fall into the bottom three points if the results go against them this weekend.
Wilder celebrates new deal with victory
Sheffield United chief Chris Wilder signed a new four and a half year contract before the game, and a media colleague said the club's photo to announce the contract was the first time he had seen the fan of lifelong blades tie.
Wilder clearly feels comfortable in a tracksuit on the touchline.
He may have spent most of the night with his hands in his pockets, but he was always on the edge of his technical field and when it came to reaching a player, one of his coaching staff, or the fourth official Simon Hooper – he was firm in doing it.
Moyes has more than 500 Premier League games as a savage, but he had 24 games without a win in one of the top 8 clubs before kick-off, and until Felipe Anderson passed shortly before the break, there was little sign of that his team was able to break that run.
As it turned out, the Brazilian was not at the finish line. Manuel Lanzini did better with a few tries in the second half, and Fabien Balbuena's header bounced off the field and over the crossbar.
But even Wilder must have thought Dean Henderson's goal had been violated when Snodgrass' late attempt crept in. The men in front of the screens in Stockley Park had other ideas.
West Ham's Goalkeeper Nightmare
It was in the 13th minute when goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski scored a goal and immediately signaled to the bank that he had a problem.
The Polish international only had a hip tear in his fourth game after the operation that had kept him from repairing for three months.
This injury cost Manuel Pellegrini his job, as Fabianski's deputy Roberto didn't go zero in seven Premier League games, none of which Hammers won.
Fabianski's frustration was evident when he hit the floor, then sat sadly in his penalty area, waiting for West Ham's medical team to arrive.
The bumps and bumps seen from the media seats indicated a repeat of his previous problem. In any case, his game was over.
Martin was only supposed to act as a coach after his arrival in Millwall, but the son of former Hammers legend Alvin was taken off the bench. It really didn't work out well.
He played a routine goal just in front of Fleck, who ran into the box to hit McBurnie for the only goal.
West Ham want to sign another goalkeeper, while Middlesbroughs Darren Randolph is waiting for a return to his former club. However, the deal is suspended as it is currently also injured.
McBurnie's crucial interventions
McBurnie has only scored four Premier League goals since getting £ 20m from Swansea last summer, but has managed to score some important goals within that sum.
The equalizer between the Scottish striker and Manchester United in November will go under in the Blades folklore.
His first-half attempt at Brighton proved to be the winner of the game, and his most recent attempt broke the deadlock in one of those run-down games the host must win to continue his current success story.
In truth, McBurnie, who grew up in Leeds, had little to do, and the ball rolling under Martin was too scarce to comfort him.
However, it was a reward for honest night work. McBurnie is an absolute old school fan with his rolled-down socks and his somewhat sluggish running style. That's why Sheffield United fans love to have him with them and gave him a standing ovation when he was replaced six minutes before the end.
Man of the Game – John Fleck (Sheffield United)
"We would have been devastated if we had drawn"
Chris Wilder, Sheffield United coach, in conversation with BBC Sport: "I feel for David [Moyes] and the players. The same thing happened to us a couple of times. But we would have been devastated if we pulled this game.
"Once they met, nobody cared about it, but I looked for the opposition – it's the same moaning and groaning as in the past.
"We had to improve performance because we weren't at our best tonight. We had to grind one. We gave the ball away cheaply. We had two or three really good chances but we didn't take them."
"We made a bad decision late in the game, but that's what happens when you go backwards and they come to us."
West Ham boss David Moyes in conversation with BBC Sport: "First of all, I thought my players were great. We didn't deserve to lose."
"It was a good goal. Anyone who has played football or has played in the game knows that it was a good goal. Declan Rice did really well to break through the middle."
"I'm just telling you that it's a really good goal. From my point of view and the people who watch football, the decision is not the right one.
"I would not say that I am a great fan [of VAR] but we have to put up with it. People who have played soccer know when it's not right, and tonight is one of those situations. "
The statistics – Zabaleta reaches 300 marks
- West Ham's defeat means that the London clubs have lost their last eight Premier League games at Bramall Lane against Sheffield United since Chelsea won 2-0 in October 2006.
- Sheffield United have won 14 points from their last 21 Premier League home games (W4 D2 L1). At the beginning of December there was only one defeat (2-0) against Newcastle.
- West Ham is the first team since Southampton in March 2016 to not score in four consecutive visits to newly promoted Premier League clubs.
- Hammers boss David Moyes suffered his first loss to Sheffield United in a seven-game competition (W4 D2) since losing 3-3 in the second division as Preston manager in December 2000.
- David Martin and Roberto made a total of three mistakes that resulted in a goal in 13 appearances for West Ham in the Premier League this season, while Lukasz Fabianski has not done so in 10 games this season.
- Sheffield United's goalkeeper Dean Henderson has played eight clean sheets in the Premier League this season – the second most in the 2019-20 season alongside Leicester's Kasper Schmeichel.
- West Ham full-back Pablo Zabaleta made his 300th Premier League appearance (230 for Man City, 70 for West Ham) and, after Nolberto Solano (302) and Antonio Valencia (325), was the third South American to achieve this overall victory.
On Saturday, January 18 (3:00 p.m. GMT), West Ham will face Everton at the London stadium. At the same time, Sheffield United plays against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.