West Brom picked up a valuable three points and they can thank Lee Mason for his role in denying Brighton an equaliser.

Lewis Dunk scoring a free-kick sparked huge controversy on Saturday, with the referee seemingly in two minds before cancelling out the goal.

Former referee Keith Hackett believes Mason should be retired as a result of that poor judgement, but Sam Allardyce is not having that one bit.

He told talkSPORT [01/03, 09:42:12], “I don’t think Lee Mason should be retired I think that’s an outrageous statement.

“Referees are under pressure, yes take him out of the firing line for a bit but retired and stopping him earning a living after being such a big servant is a bit too much.”

West Brom

Starting to believe

It is not often Big Sam is so gracious in defending officials, but he clearly feels strongly about how Mason has been treated in the fallout of Saturday’s match.

The Albion boss did mention the two penalties given against us, and was particularly aggrieved that Mason judged Okay Yokuslu to have handled the ball in the area.

Also, his attitude throughout the interview gave an interesting insight into Allardyce’s mindset.

He did not want to be discussing controversies and instead praised his team for their recent performances.

Big Sam really believes he can keep us up and feels we could, and should, have beaten Manchester United and Burnley.

That would have put us on 23 points, just three points off Newcastle in 17th.

We face the Magpies next weekend and Big Sam seems confident about our chances.

He is less than impressed with the re-scheduled Everton fixture in mid-week but with the players now a lot more confident we should aim to pick up more points.

Maintaining the unbeaten run would be a huge boost and could start to put pressure on our rivals, particularly as Newcastle picked up injuries to key men on Saturday.

In other West Brom news, Poll reveals % of some WBA fans who believe in PL survival after Brighton win.

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