Wk 6 table, reports, results

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Red card Costa chaos but Saints the real losers.

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

Games with an HPL scoreline change in red.

Saturday, September 19

Aston Villa 0-1 West Brom (0-1) Referee: Martin Atkinson
Maybe Richards would have scored but HPL cannot rule on trigger-happy referees who blow whistle rather than play advantage. As for the Berahino handball, blocking Gill cross, he is inside the area. Only one snag, it was clearly not a handball, the ball strikes the Baggies rebel on the chest – under the arm. Result stands.

Bournemouth 2-0 Sunderland (2-1) Referee: Kevin Friend
It’s a very close call to say Lens is a shade offside when he heads in for Sunderland. A little too close, they say on Sky Sports. So 2-1 to the Cherries.

Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal (2-0) Referee: Mike Dean
Where to start? Well, the FA have cleared this one up with their retrospective disciplinary action against Costa and letting Paulista off his red card – but if only this could have happened at the time, the game might not have been destroyed. As much as Chipmonk is out of his depth and all over the place in the commotion that led to Paulista’s dismissal – for a flick of the foot on dirty Diego Costa’s leg (shades of Beckham in 96 on Diego Simeone, Costa’s old Atletico Madrid boss no less) – his other big decisions, denying Chelsea an early penalty – Gabriel on Hazard and then sending off Cazorla for two bookable offences – were probably good ones. By the way, the whole Gabriel/Costa/Koscielny fiasco lasted 4 minutes and 23 seconds. And we worry about video evidence slowing down the game. Ha!

Manchester City 1-2 West Ham (1-2) Referee: Robert Madley
It seems a bit harsh on the east Londoners to suggest their second goal cannot stand on the basis it was not a corner kick in the first place, with Kolarov seemingly clearing the ball before it crossed the goal-line. However, as the footage provided is inconclusive we have to stick with the official’s original decision and allow Sakho’s decisive strike to stand, avoiding a barrage of cockney complaints to boot.

Newcastle 1-2 Watford (1-2) Referee: Roger East
Nothing to save Macca’s dismal Toon here.

Stoke 2-2 Leicester (2-2) Referee: Andre Marriner
Mark Hughes is right, it is a foul by Wes Morgan on Jon Walters. However, the Stoke boss is way off the mark suggesting the failure to award a free kick leads directly to Leicester’s equaliser from Jamie Vardy. It leads to a goal kick – some 100 yards away from where the England striker converts. As for the foul on Drinkwater that leads to the Foxes penalty – bang on!

Swansea 0-0 Everton (0-0) Referee: Stuart Atwell

Sunday, September 20

Liverpool 1-1 Norwich Referee: Anthony Taylor

Southampton 2-3 Manchester United (2-2) Referee: Mark Clattenburg
The linesman should have flagged Juan Mata offside for United’s opener, which made it 1-1. Should Ward Prowse have had a penalty for Southampton Jonathan Pearce certainly thought so. MOTD2 completely ignore the matter as do all the other networks. Not much more we can do. Ref call stands.

Tottenham 1-0 Crystal Palace (1-0) Referee: Michael Oliver
Great call by the assistant referee to flag Kane offside for interfering with play when Ben Davies heads in what would have been an opener for Tottenham. This is the same official who messed up badly in week two by allowing Benteke goal to stand for Liverpool against Bournemouth. Dermot Gallagher is only too chuffed to point this out on Sky Sports News Monday morning.

 

HPL Table Week 6

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

 

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