Keith Hackett is adamant Chelsea should have been given a penalty following a bad tackle from West Brom defender Darnell Furlong.
The incident occurred with the scores still level in the 18th minute, and there were similarities between Furlong’s challenge and Thiago Silva’s tackle that led to a second yellow [Reddit].
Albion were not penalised and referee David Coote did not even refer the incident to VAR, which caused dismay for former Premier League referee Hackett.
“That’s nailed on, that’s an absolute nailed on penalty kick,” Hackett told West Brom News.
“I’m amazed, this is where I think you’ve got to be alert – that’s a penalty.”
Still would have won
Well, we may have got away with one there as the referee clearly did not show consistency in the two decisions.
However, as Hackett detailed for West Brom News on Monday, Coote may have felt more inclined to punish Thiago Silva as his first yellow card could have been a red one.
These things happen in football, and though we enjoyed a slice of luck there have been times this season where things have gone against us – the Chelsea handball that led to a goal in our 3-3 game at The Hawthorns, for example.
In this case we do not feel it influenced the outcome of the match.
Chelsea took the lead minutes later and from that point on it was all about Albion, and our hard work and fine football gave us the win.
We scored five goal goals, and falling behind did not have any impact on our game plan whatsoever.
Chelsea cannot cry about poor decision-making from the referee, and we will not allow one penalty call to distract us from what was perhaps the best performance from any Premier League team this season, let alone West Brom.
In other West Brom news, Jamie O’Hara has disputed Laura Woods’ intriguing claim about Matheus Pereira’s future.