We’re delighted to welcome former Premier League referee Keith Hackett to the West Brom News team. Each week, Hackett will discuss the big moments from the latest West Brom games and deliver his verdict on whether his successors got their calls right or wrong…
Keith Hackett believes Thiago Silva should have been sent off after five minutes against West Brom on Saturday.
The Brazilian was of course dismissed in the first half for two yellow cards, but former Premier League referee Hackett is shocked he survived after his first bad tackle.
Matheus Pereira picked up the ball in a good position and was advancing towards the box when Silva brought him down, and Hackett thinks he denied a goalscoring opportunity in doing so.
“This is a foul and if that foul had not taken place he’s got an opportunity to score a goal, to have a shot on goal,” Hackett told West Brom News.
“In this situation having given the free-kick it’s not a yellow card, it should have been a red.
“We get no sort of action from the VAR because the VAR’s saying well he’s going to give a yellow, no problem, I’m not going to come in on a yellow.
“For me that challenge, looking again, it’s a red card because it’s the denial of a goalscoring opportunity, so he’s a lucky boy to stay on.”
Fortunately for Albion Thiago Silva did not learn his lesson and was sent off with less than 30 minutes played.
And whether or not referee David Coote got the first decision correct, it mattered little as we romped home to a memorable victory.
Even against 11 men West Brom likely would have won as the quality of our goals was something to behold.
Pereira was unplayable and Callum Robinson had a game to remember with two exquisite finishes.
Both of Thiago Silva’s yellows were the result of his teammates giving the ball away due to our high press [Sky Sports highlights].
We should be talking about Sam Allardyce’s tactics and the players’ efforts, therefore, as it was undoubtedly our best performance of the season.
In other West Brom news, Jamie O’Hara and Laura Woods debate the future of Matheus Pereira after he shines v Chelsea.