Norwich up Newcastle down – Wk 32

Mane Simpson

Missed handball gives Norwich lift over relegation rivals Newcastle. Leicester stroll on amid Simpson controversy. 

The Hypothetical Premier League, using video referees for the crunch calls.

Matches with HPL scoreline change in red (real-life result in brackets).

Saturday, April 2.

Arsenal 4-0 Watford Referee: Anthony Taylor

Aston Villa 0-4 Chelsea Referee: Neil Swarbrick

Bournemouth 0-4 Manchester City Referee: Robert Madley

Liverpool 1-1 Tottenham Referee: Jonathan Moss

Norwich 2-2 Newcastle Utd (3-2) Referee: Mike Dean
The pundits reckon there is a double handball before Olsson smashes in the Canaries’ late winner. So it’s a draw in the HPL.

Stoke City 2-1 Swansea City (2-2) Referee: Martin Atkinson
Mark Hughes suggests Sigurdsson, in an offside position, moves out of the way of Swansea’s equalising strike – and the video review proves the point. As for his claim his Stoke don’t get these sort of decisions – hahahahaha! Even taking this injustice into account, the Potters have FIVE points too many in real life!

Sunderland 0-0 West Brom Referee: Roger East
Late Sunderland strike ruled offside (pic below), brilliantly so by the linesman, who gets no name check whatsoever. An unsung hero for Norwich and Newcastle.

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West Ham 2-2 Crystal Palace Referee: Mark Clattenburg
Kouyate sending off, which changed the second half flow heavily in Palace’s favour, is never a straight red, according to the majority of pundits. Hasty Mark Clattenburg goes to his top pocket almost before the lunge is complete. It should have been a booking and is rescinded two days later but that is decant consolation to the unhappy Hammers after a wretched run of bad decisions.

Sunday, April 3.

Leicester City 1-0 Southampton Referee: Michael Oliver
So MOTD2’s Kev Kilbane reckons it is a penalty when Simpson arm stops Mane’s shot at 0-0 (main picture). But Dermot G does not because the Leicester defender is running and his arm is in a natural position. So it’s over to Andy Townsend and Chris Sutton on BBC5Live but they say ‘yes’ and ‘no’, respectively. This is an HPL potential title-decider decision – and right now we are going with Oliver as there is no clear proof it’s deliberate – unlike, for example, Morgan two weeks earlier v Newcastle. As for Huth’s late handball, it strikes his left arm from close range and, rightly, is ignored by Oliver.

Manchester United 1-0 Everton Referee: Andre Marriner

 

The HPL Table Wk 32 (up to and including Sunday, April 3)

Pos Club Pl W D L GF GA GD Pts PLPos (Pts)
1 Leicester City 32 16 13 3 54 35 19 61 1st (69)
2 Arsenal 31 18 5 8 55 31 24 59 3rd (58)
3 Tottenham 32 15 13 4 53 24 29 58 2nd (62)
4 Manchester City 31 17 6 8 56 32 24 57 4th (54)
5 West Ham United 31 15 10 6 50 36 14 55 6th (51)
6 Manchester United 31 14 8 9 40 31 9 50 5th (53)
7 Southampton 32 12 12 8 43 34 9 48 7th (47)
8 Chelsea 31 12 9 10 52 42 10 45 10th (44)
9 Liverpool 30 12 7 11 46 42 4 43 9th (45)
10 Stoke City 32 11 9 11 32 39 -7 42 8th (47)
11 Everton 30 10 10 10 51 41 10 40 12th (42)
12 Bournemouth 32 11 6 15 40 57 -17 39 13th (38)
13 Watford 31 9 9 13 28 34 -6 36 14th (37)
14 Swansea City 32 9 7 16 34 39 -5 34 15th (37)
15 Crystal Palace 31 8 10 13 33 43 -10 34 16th (34)
16 West Brom 31 7 13 10 30 40 -10 34 11th (40)
17 Norwich City 32 8 9 15 39 54 -15 33 17th (31)
18 Sunderland 31 7 10 14 37 53 -16 31 18th (27)
19 Newcastle United 31 7 10 14 34 57 -23 31 19th (25)
20 Aston Villa 32 4 6 22 23 64 -41 18 20th (16)

One Comment

  1. West Ham United v Crystal Palace

    18/04/2016 at 8:48 AM

    Nice article. Very useful. You are very right about that. About Kouyate was sending off, things changed fast and I think if he weren’t sent off things were much different.

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