Diego Costa should not have been on the pitch to score Chelsea’s winner but was not reckless in upending Adrian, says Slaven Bilic.
Costa avoided a second yellow card for his late challenge on the goalkeeper, then fired the last-gasp winner as Chelsea prevailed 2-1.
The Spain striker handed Antonio Conte the ideal start to his Premier League career at Stamford Bridge but Hammers boss Bilic refused to criticise the 27-year-old.
“I saw that incident again, I don’t think it was reckless,” said Bilic. “It was from my point of view not deliberate, but it was very late.
“Nine times out of 10 you see that challenge and get one (a yellow card) – unfortunately this was the 10th time.
“But really I am only disappointed with the late goal.
“I don’t know what he (the referee) wanted to do, but he didn’t give it and that’s it.”