Wk 4 table, reports, results

AFC Bouremouth

Hasty offside flags such a drag on football flow.

The HPL result is shown in brackets, with official real-life score first.

Games with an HPL scoreline change in red.

Saturday, August 29

Aston Villa 2-2 Sunderland. (2-2) Referee: Robert Madley
Tim Sherwood is convinced Villa are denied a second-half penalty when Kaboul tackles Spanish attacker Gill. “It was definitely a penalty. I think Younis pulls out but if a player gets hit in the box he’s entitled to go down,” is the Villa manager’s verdict. Those journalists covering the game all disagreed, while Martin Keown said of MOTD: “It’s inconclusive. We’ve looked at it time and time again but I’m with ref on this one”.

Bournemouth 1-1 Leicester City (2-2) Referee: Neil Swarbrick
Tight offside linesman call denies Marhez the chance of opening the scoring. Very, very tight. With video replays a linesman would be inclined to let this sort of move run its course, knowing the slide rule offside TV cam would be able resolve something so close – of the ball hits the net. Without such assistance, he is probably right to raise the flag. However, Bournemouth should have had a penalty when Tomlin is taken down right on the line or, even a tad inside the area. But then Jamie Vardy should also have one at the other end when Pugh catches him in the final minutes. So it’s even-stevens in that respect – penalty apiece.

Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace (1-2) Referee: Craig Pawson
Jose Mourinho’s hug for Alan Pardew at the final whistle suggests there was little controversy for HPL to ponder here until he says post-match: ‘Huge penalty, at 0-0.’ Martin Keown on MOTD, though, says: “I understand why he is complaining but there’s no chance of Zouma getting one here. They are both holding each other. He’s clutching at straws. “

Everton 0-0 Spurs (0-0) Referee Mike Jones

Liverpool 0-3 West Ham (0-3). Referee: Kevin Friend
Is it a push on Benteke at 0-1. Possible momentum changer in real life, of course, but it would have been a soft one and, hypothetically speaking, makes no odds whatsoever with West Ham romping to victory. Couple of dodgy sending offs, but again nothing to concern the final result

Man City 2-0 Watford (2-0) Referee: Mark Clattenburg

Newcastle 0-1 Arsenal (0-2) Referee: Andre Marriner
Tovin catches Bellerin at 0-0. The majority say it is a clear penalty for Arsenal. What maybe is not so clear is that Mitrovic gets a straight red for his least offensive tackle of the campaign thus far. Harsh or not, he probably had it coming. 
Is that what persuades Marriner to be a tad hasty here? Interesting angle as to how repetitive offences that go unpunished in previous matches can trigger official’s reaction at a later date.

Stoke 0-1 West Brom (0-1) Referee: Michael Oliver
Two red cards for Stoke, who are a little hard done by with the first one.

Sunday, August 30

Swansea 2-1 Manchester United (2-1) Referee: Martin Atkinson
The general consensus of all pundits’ analysis for the Williams on Rooney penalty claim for Man Utd is to forget it – never a spot kick. HPL agrees.

Southampton 3-0 Norwich (2-0) Referee: Jonathan Moss
BBC pundits Kevin Kilbane and Jason Roberts suggest that as Pelle is only a sock-or-so offside, ‘it is so close you give the benefit of the doubt to the striker’. Really? Why? He’s offside, so it’s not a goal. End of. Two from Tadic, though, mean the Saints still stroll to a win over the Canaries, who have Whittaker rightly sent off for two stupid fouls. Really stupid!

 

HPL Table Week 4

Pos Club Pl W D L GF GA GD Pts PLPos (Pts)
1 Manchester City 3 3 0 0 7 0 7 9 1 (9)
2 Crystal Palace 3 2 0 1 6 5 1 6 5 (6)
3 Bournemouth 3 2 0 1 5 4 1 6 13 (3)
4 Arsenal 3 2 0 1 4 3 1 6 9 (4)
5 Leicester City 3 1 2 0 7 5 2 5 2 (7)
6 Manchester United 3 1 2 0 2 1 1 5 4 (7)
7 Norwich City 3 1 1 1 6 5 1 4 8 (4)
8 Everton 3 1 1 1 5 4 1 4 7 (4)
9 Swansea City 3 1 1 1 5 4 1 4 6 (5)
10 West Ham United 3 1 1 1 6 6 0 4 11 (3)
11 Aston Villa 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4 14 (3)
12 Chelsea 3 1 1 1 5 6 -1 4 10 (4)
13 Watford 3 0 3 0 2 2 0 3 12 (3)
14 Liverpool 3 1 0 2 1 3 -2 3 3 (7)
15 Sunderland 3 1 0 2 5 8 -3 3 19 (1)
16 Stoke City 3 0 2 1 3 4 -1 2 15 (2)
17 Tottenham 3 0 2 1 3 4 -1 2 16 (2)
18 Newcastle United 3 0 2 1 2 4 -2 2 17 (2)
19 Southampton 3 0 2 1 2 5 -3 2 18 (2)
20 West Brom 3 0 1 2 2 6 -4 1 20 (1)

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