'Rub of the green' - Exclusive: Phillips shares verdict on West Brom incident v Leeds
We’re delighted to welcome former West Brom striker Kevin Phillips as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at The Hawthorns…
Kevin Phillips believes that West Brom were unfortunate not to be given a penalty in the 5-0 defeat against Leeds on Tuesday.
Lee Mason decided against penalising Rodrigo, despite the Spaniard clearly having his hands wrapped around Callum Robinson from a corner.
VAR did examine the incident further but were satisfied that the officials hadn’t made a clear and obvious error on the pitch.
Speaking exclusively to West Brom News, Phillips said, “It could have been given.”
“It was just one of those, I don’t think there was an awful lot in it, to be honest. Unfortunately, when you’re in the situation that West Brom are in, you don’t get the rub of the green.
“It could have been given, it could have been a different story.”
We have seen penalties given for worst in the Premier League this season.
The Baggies have consistently been on the wrong ends of VAR calls during this campaign, and we are continually crossing our fingers that will change sooner rather than later.
Robinson was taken out of the game by Rodrigo from the set-piece, and that allowed the fragile Illan Meslier to come off his line and clear with ease.
Should the Irish international not have been impeded, he could have put more pressure on the keeper, so that should have spotted.
It made no impact on the end result, but it would be nice to see the Baggies given some help rather than be hindered by the technology.
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