By Rob Jarvis

7th Mar, 2022 | 12:30pm

Keith Hackett: West Brom penalty decision spot on v Hull City

We’re delighted to welcome former Premier League & FIFA-listed referee Keith Hackett as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at West Brom...

Keith Hackett has insisted the referee was spot on to hand West Brom a penalty in their 2-0 win over Hull City on Saturday.

The ex-FIFA official admitted that there was no chance the defender could have got away with it, continuing contact from outside the box, to inside.

It was Taylor Gardner-Hickman who was dragged to the floor, allowing Karlan Grant to step up and grab his second of the game.

“That’s a penalty,” he exclusively told West Brom News.

“No, he’s continued with the offence inside of the penalty area, you take the stronger one. That foul has continued into the penalty area, the referee is correct in his decision.

“He can’t get away with that, he’s held on to him so that’s a penalty.”

Spot on.

No matter how clear the foul, you never know if it will be given in the Championship given some of the poor officiating on show.

We remember Conor Townsend being dragged down clearly in the 1-0 defeat at Queens Park Rangers not being awarded.

That is why you have to give props to the officials when they get it right, as he allowed it to go on rather than blowing up immature and giving a free kick.

Gardner-Hickman did superbly to hold off his man, and it looked as though it left him no choice but to bring him down.

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