Big Sam slams VAR for disallowing Kyle Bartley goal v Liverpool
Sam Allardyce and Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher have slammed VAR for disallowing Kyle Bartley’s goal for West Brom against Liverpool.
West Brom gave Liverpool a run for their money and were going back with a point had goalkeeper Alisson not scored a winner in stoppage time to pick up all three points.
It was a game filled with talking points, none more so than Bartley’s disallowed goal that would’ve put the Baggies 2-1 up after Mohamed Salah’s goal cancelled out Hal Robson-Kanu’s opener.
The reason VAR disallowed the Bartley strike from a corner was that it deemed that Matt Phillips, who was in an offside position, was blocking the view of Alisson.
It’s fair to say that a number of people who saw the replay of the incident thought otherwise, and Big Sam and Carragher were among them.
After the game, Allardyce said, per The Daily Star, “If down at Stockley Park they said that’s right then that’s nonsense.
“If they say the referee or the linesman disallowed that goal it’s a disgrace. There is no interference with the goalkeeper whatsoever.
“All those things people say they have to do to stop the goalkeeper saving it. If there was nobody there he still wouldn’t have saved it. It’s baffling.”
Speaking about it on Sky Sports Main Event, Carragher said, “If that went against me I’d be very unhappy. There’s no doubt that there’s someone in front of the goalkeeper, but the header has gone wide.”
Cannot be happening
Even after our relegation is confirmed these 50-50 decisions don’t seem to be going against us.
For the way we played against a strong side, we certainly deserved more. Had Alisson not scored a once-in-a-lifetime goal and the Bartley strike rightfully stood, we would’ve won that game.
It’s little moments like these all season that have cost us points along the way and it’s hard to swallow at times.
There’s still uncertainty around the club as to whether or not Big Sam will extend. We hope he does as do a number of West Brom fans.
The team has improved under his tutelage and it is only fair to give him one full season to prove his mettle.
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