Zola is surprised by no red card for Rory

WEST HAM boss Gianfranco Zola likes to give people the benefit of the doubt. But though he managed just that for referee Peter Walton, he was not quite so generous to Rory Delap, after his kick at Luis Boa Morte resulted in just a yellow card. The only t

WEST HAM boss Gianfranco Zola likes to give people the benefit of the doubt.

But though he managed just that for referee Peter Walton, he was not quite so generous to Rory Delap, after his kick at Luis Boa Morte resulted in just a yellow card.

"The only thing I can think of is that the referee didn't see it," said Zola afterwards.

"You've all seen it obviously and he kicked him. It's part of the game that sometimes the referee sees things differently, but I accept that today because we won!"

Delap's reprieve meant he was able to launch another wave of long throws assisted by ball-boys ar-med with towels.

Did Zola object to the practice, which was finally put a stop to by the ref?

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"No, not really," said Zola. "There's a lot of time lost, but it's okay because we were winning."

West Ham certainly coped well with the Delap barrage.

"We've been working on things a little bit," admitted Zola. "We were prepared and confident we could handle situations like that, but it was more about our desire to win that made the difference," said the boss.