Ref Review: Bad-boy Deeney’s red card was stonewall decision of the week

Date published: Monday 18th December 2017 11:47

All the big decisions from matchday 18 of the Premier League and Manchester United were fortunate.


Refereeing decisions are regularly the source of debate among fans, pundits, players and managers so this season a five-strong TEAMtalk panel will be passing judgement on every red card (or avoidance of one), every penalty and any other major incident every matchday.

We’ll also decide on a weekly basis which side can consider themselves lucky and which was the easiest decision for a match official to make.

Wilfred Ndidi red card v Crystal Palace

Ndidi celebrated his 21st birthday on Saturday but at least two of the cards he received were not welcome. He picked up a second booking for going down theatrically in the area and ref Martin Atkinson dismissed him for simulation. “A little harsh,” was Claude Puel’s verdict but on reflection both yellows looked perfectly reasonable.

Verdict: Correct decision


Crystal Palace penalty appeal v Leicester City

Christian Benteke hit the headlines for missing a late penalty for Palace last week yet had solid claims for another spot-kick at the weekend. The Belgian striker was tackled from behind on the edge of the six yard box as he was about to sweep the ball home. Did Marc Albrighton take the ball? Replays showed he he took everything but the ball and the Eagles should have had another penalty for their players to argue over, but somehow Martin Atkinson didn’t see it that way.

Verdict: Incorrect decision


Lanzini penalty v Stoke City

There was huge pressure on on both sides at the bet365 Stadium yet it was West Ham who comfortably came away with the three points after a 3-0 win. However was their first goal deserved? Manuel Lanzini charged into the box and went down under a challenge from Erik Pieters. Replays showed the Argentinian appearing to jump before Pieters got close to him, and Lanzini could yet face retrospective action. Potters manager Mark Hughes was furious after the game and Sparky had every right to be as it looked a blatant dive.

Verdict: Incorrect decision


Troy Deeney red card v Huddersfield Town

Deeney was given his marching orders and can have few complaints after flying into a foul on Collin Quaner. It was a stupid challenge from the Hornets skipper who was off the ground and subsequently picked up his second red card in six matches.

Verdict: Correct decision


Huddersfield first goal v Watford

The first of Huddersfield’s four goals on Saturday was also the first goal in the Premier League for Elias Kachunga, but it wasn’t without controversy. As the ball came into the Watford area, two Huddersfield players were on their way out of the six-yard box. The ball eventually landed at one of their feet and they fired the ball across the area where the Congolese forward scrambled it home. Watford felt he was just offside, and they were right. Town very fortunate.

Verdict: Incorrect decision


West Brom penalty appeal v Manchester United

Ashley Young looked very relieved not to concede a penalty at the Hawthorns after tangling with James McClean. Young was looking to usher the ball back to David de Gea but ended up shoulder barging McClean. We’ve definitely seen penalties given for much less. It would have been a foul and a free-kick anywhere else on the field.

Verdict: Incorrect decision


Hegazi kick on David de Gea

Hegazi had a decent enough game against Manchester United but was lucky not to pick up a booking for a blatant and cynical kick out on David de Gea. The Spanish stopper already had the hall well under control when he was kicked and we are not sure how the ref has missed it!

Verdict: Incorrect decision

Team most likely to feel brasses off award

West Brom

The Baggies gave a great account of themselves against Manchester United and if James McClean had been awarded a penalty after his clash with Ashley Young it would have changed the entire complexion of the game.

Stonewall decision of the week

Deeney will argue he got the ball but the speed he was travelling at and the reckless nature of his lunge meant whistler Michael Oliver had no option but to dismiss him.

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