Stoke City should not have had a penalty against West Brom
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Former Premier League referee Keith Hackett believes that Stoke City should not have had a penalty against West Brom on Friday night.
The Potters were awarded a spot-kick in the second half when Sam Johnstone fouled Sam Surridge; he stepped up to take the penalty.
However, Johnstone denied him, but Stoke did get their goal just minutes later, and they held on for all three points [BBC].
Speaking exclusively to West Brom News, Hackett said: “That’s not a penalty for me.
“I think he’s got it wrong.
“He thinks that the goalkeeper has unfairly impeded the Stoke player.
“So I can understand why he’s given the penalty kick. I wouldn’t have given one.”
West Brom unlucky.
There were a couple of major decisions in this match, and one went the Baggies’ way with the disallowed goal, and the other went Stoke’s way.
Certainly, there didn’t appear to be a lot of contact between Johnstone and Surridge; Hackett suggests that the goalkeeper was unlucky.
However, he made sure that the penalty made no difference as he denied Surridge from the spot with a piece of good goalkeeping.
It was just a shame that the Baggies couldn’t take advantage of this penalty save to go on and win the match.
Instead, Stoke managed to find a way to win the game and end the Baggies’ unbeaten league record.
However, they are still sitting in second place going into the international break, so everything looks good for Valerien Ismael’s side.
In other West Brom news, Hackett slates another decision from the Stoke game.