West Brom fans are furious with Conor Gallagher after the on-loan Chelsea midfielder dived in an attempt to win a penalty against West Ham on Tuesday night.
Jarrod Bowen and Michail Antonio scored either side of a superb strike by Matheus Pereira to secure a 2-1 win for the Hammers at the London Stadium.
Albion have shown a major improvement in their performances in the last two matches but on Tuesday, it wasn’t to be with David Moyes’ men just about edging the victory with two good goals.
However, there was a moment of controversy late on when Gallagher went down in the penalty area.
Graham Scott showed no hesitation towards dishing out a yellow card to the 20-year-old after he feigned contact from Andriy Yarmolenko inside the Hammers’ box.
It was late in stoppage time and Scott blew up for full-time not long after so it was a desperate, last-ditch attempt from Gallagher.
However, it has no place in our game.
We ripped Fabio Silva to shreds for doing that when we beat Wolves on Saturday so why shouldn’t Gallagher get the same treatment?
He’s done so well at Albion this season so he really cannot do anything like that. Plus, with VAR, what’s the point? It’s never going to work.
Some Albion fans were rightly furious with the midfielder’s simulation, with one saying he “has to be dropped” for the next match.
Here is a selection of their tweets:
#WBA Gallagher has to be dropped next game for the dive
— Albion News Gaming (@albion_gaming) January 19, 2021
Why is Gallagher diving there, it’s obvious he won’t get away with it 🙄 #WBA
— Glenn Thompson (@glennthompson85) January 19, 2021
No need for that.
— Jack Ormrod (@JWba1996) January 19, 2021
Thats embarrassing from gallagher. Could have got a shot away then if he didn't chuck himself to the floor
— Paul Blagrove (@paul_blagrove) January 19, 2021
That’s an embarrassing dive from Gallagher
— Josh Bell (@JoshBell95) January 19, 2021
Controversial, but Gallagher doesn’t offer a lot apart from running around a lot. I’m sure the lad will become a great player but right now not sure he gives us a lot.
That dive as well 🤦🏻♂️#wba
— The Albion (Armchair) Fans (@AlbionFanatics) January 19, 2021
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