Keith Hackett: Referee missed clear penalty in West Brom win v Peterborough United
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Keith Hackett is adamant that West Brom deserved a penalty-kick in their 1-0 win over Peterborough United on Saturday evening.
The West Midlands club secured three points with a last-gasp goal from Semi Ajayi at London Road, and there was controversy after that winner sparked some unsavoury scenes on the sidelines, but there could have been even more anger had Albion not won due to a penalty not being given by the referee.
Peterborough goalkeeper Christy Pym tried to collect a cross from Darnell Furlong early into the second half, but he failed to hold the ball despite being under no pressure.
That allowed Matt Phillips to nip in and steal the ball but Pym quickly raced to retrieve it.
However, in doing so, he collided with Phillips and appeared to get none, or very little, of the ball.
Speaking exclusively to West Brom News, former Premier League referee Keith Hackett expressed his surprise that nothing was given, and questioned the choice of kit that perhaps hindered the official.
Hackett said: “My first thought was why did the ref in this game allow the goalkeeper to wear a shirt of that colour?
“It clearly clashes with the opposition.
“But it’s a penalty kick, he’s taken the player. Left hand onto left foot, that’s a penalty.
“It was very clearly and very unequivocally a penalty kick, the referee is at a decent angle and his judgement is inaccurate.”
In other West Brom news, Adrian Durham blasts this Albion player after controversial footage emerged v P’boro.