Sunday 18 August 2019

Pellegrini fuming over offside calls for second week in a row

West Ham United 2 Leicester City 2

Harvey Barnes celebrates scoring Leicester’s injury-time equaliser. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Harvey Barnes celebrates scoring Leicester’s injury-time equaliser. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Manuel Pellegrini was left counting the cost of wrong offside calls for the second week running after Leicester snatched a point at West Ham.

With the Hammers leading 2-1 in the final minute, substitute Lucas Perez rounded Foxes 'keeper Kasper Schmeichel and rolled the ball into the net.

The Spaniard was flagged offside, although replays showed he was level with Ben Chilwell when he latched onto Pedro Obiang's through-ball.

Two minutes later Leicester equalised when substitute Harvey Barnes clipped in his first goal for the club to secure a 2-2 draw.

"Thankfully VAR isn't out yet, so it's worked for us today," admitted Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers afterwards.

Just last weekend Felipe Anderson had a goal wrongly chalked off for offside as West Ham slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Manchester United.

And Hammers chief Pellegrini said: "When you have two games in a row with such big mistakes then of course it is difficult to understand or accept, but you must do it."

Wolves 0
Brighton 0

Chris Hughton is happy to be branded boring if he keeps Brighton in the Premier League. The Seagulls held on for a scoreless draw at Wolves to end a poor run of form.

They sit three points above the relegation zone and will be hoping Cardiff lose to Liverpool today.

Wolves fans chanted ‘boring’ at the Seagulls but Hughton said: “At this moment it’s about effort, determination and organisation. All that’s important in these four games is getting enough points which can see us over the line.”

“We knew if we came away with a point it wouldn’t be a bad one. It feels like a really good one.”

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side lost ground in the race for seventh, which could yield a Europa League play-off spot, and dropped to ninth.

“We had chances, we tried, we had a lot of the ball, it was not to be today. It’s just football,” said the Wolves boss.

“It’s very difficult to break a team down, we created situations and Brighton defended well.

“We should do better in some moments. It was good goalkeeping, we hit the post, this is the game. The boys tried everything, just today the ball didn’t go in the net.”

Newcastle Utd 3
Southampton 1

Ayoze Perez’s hat-trick all but guaranteed Premier League safety as Newcastle survived a second-half fightback by Southampton to win 3-1.

The Spaniard’s quick-fire first-half brace, which came minutes after the Saints’ James Ward-Prowse had escaped a red card for a cynical challenge on Miguel Almiron, looked to have put the Magpies in complete control.

However, Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl made a double change at the break and one of the newcomers, Mario Lemina, pulled one back before Perez settled it four minutes from time with his 11th goal of the season.

Rafael Benitez’s men have won six of their last seven home games in the league to go 10 points clear of Cardiff in the final relegation place.

Huddersfield 1
Watford 2

Gerard Deulofeu’s double earned Watford victory at Huddersfield, who slumped to a record-equalling Premier League defeat.

Deulofeu produced a finish similar to his stunning effort in Watford’s FA Cup semi-final win over Wolves to give his side an early lead.

The Spaniard then sealed the points for the Hornets with 10 minutes to go before Huddersfield substitute Karlan Grant headed a stoppage-time consolation.

Bournemouth 0
Fulham 1

Caretaker boss Scott Parker hopes successive Premier League victories provides some consolation for Fulham’s fans following a torrid season of struggle.

The relegated Cottagers followed up last weekend’s victory over Everton by winning at Bournemouth to earn a first away win of the season.

Aleksandar Mitrovic’s second-half penalty secured victory at the Vitality Stadium after he was brought down in the box by Jack Simpson.

“Really satisfying, back-to-back wins, another clean sheet as well. It’s been a good day really,” said Parker.

“Eight weeks ago I spoke about the fans, I spoke about how distant they’d become from the team and one of my main aims was trying to bring the fans together. They’ve been first class and [I’m] really pleased that the last two games we’ve got two wins.

“It’s small in terms of how the season has gone for them but hopefully they’ve had a good couple of weekends.”

Mitrovic’s winner ended a goal drought for him dating back to January.

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