- The HPL 2015-16 review
- Arsenal champs. West Brom down – Wk 38
- Sky Ref keeps Arsenal top. Toon safe! Wk 37
- Gunners top, Foxes slip, Irons poised – Wk 36
- Leicester and Mahrez in clear – Wk 35
- Vardy in red card Moss – Wk 34
- Carroll elbow kills Arsenal – Wk 33
- Norwich up Newcastle down – Wk 32
- Bilic spot on over Irons hard luck
- West Ham hefty penalty – Wk 31
- Hand of Wes escapes – Wk 30
- The Hypothetical Premier League
- Foxes top for first time – Wk 29
- Top four so tight – Wk 28
- LVG floors Arsene title bid – Wk 27
- Time’s up for LVG’s United – Wk 25
- TV Eye, TV Refs
- Newcastle and Villa ripped off – Wk 23
- Martinez after Instant Karma
- Wk 21/22 table, reports, results
- Wenger Wonders
- Wk 20 table, reports, results
- Wk 19 table, reports, results
- Wk 18 table, reports, results
- Wk 17 table, reports, results
Newcastle and Villa ripped off – Wk 23
- Updated: 30/01/2016
Foxes closing gap on Gunners.
Hypothetical Premier League result in brackets, official real-life score first.
Games with an HPL scoreline change in red.
Saturday, January 23
Sunderland 1-1 Bournemouth (1-1) Referee: Roger East
Norwich 4-5 Liverpool (4-5) Referee: Lee Mason
West Ham 2-2 Manchester City (2-2) Referee: Craig Pawson
Stan Collymore says ‘it’s a coming together and not a penalty’ on TalkSPORT when Jenkinson ‘fouls’ Aguero. So that’s Pawson’s first alleged mistake. HPL thinks it is a spot kick. Jenkinson’s hobbling rather than protesting may give the game away. Trouble is Match of the Day do not review. WTF? Demichelis has to be sent off for lunge on Antonio, according to everyone. The latter incident is something the ref and assistant with flag should get right. A TV ref, of course, would ensure justice is done when it matters – in the game being played.
Leicester City 3-0 Stoke City (3-0) Referee: Mike Dean
Manchester United 0-1 Southampton (0-1) Referee: Mike Jones
Smalling’s love of tugging the striker’s shirt at corners – missed all day by MJ – is so boring and will cost England dear come summer should Roy persist with this mistake waiting to happen.
Tottenham 3-1 Crystal Palace (3-1) Referee: Martin Atkinson
Watford 2-1 Newcastle (1-1) Referee: Andre Marriner
“Is he offside? Yes, he is by a knee,” says Wrighty before Lineker says: ‘Benefit of the doubt.’ Yes, with the naked ineffective eye but with the slide-rule offside check Deeney’s opener is ruled out.
West Brom 0-0 Aston Villa (0-1) Referee: Robert Madley
No justice here for the Villains when Madley fails to spot Olsson whipping the legs of Ayew in the area during first-half. “It’s a penalty,” says ex-Villa boss Tim Sherwood on Match of the Day. Ian Wright nods in agreement.
Sunday, January 24
Arsenal 0-1 Chelsea (0-2) Referee: Mark Clattenburg
Only Sky’s Alan Smith managed to question what is going through Mertesacker’s mind when he commits a last-man foul on Costa in the 18th minute. Not the 80th, the 18th. Just five minutes later, Arsenal are 1-0 down as well as one man down. Might as well as have let Costa score in first place and compete at full-strength. D’OH! Gullit, Jenas, Ash Williams, Dermot Gallagher etc. all support the red card. And the three-man MOTD panel agree unanimously Chelsea deserve a penalty when Koscielny checks Fabregas in the box.
Everton 1-2 Swansea (1-2) Referee: Anthony Taylor
Maybe Williams does handball at the very start of the move that leads to Swansea’s winner. Maybe it is deliberate, though he denies this part on his guest MOTD2 pundit appearance later in the evening. But for The HPL it’s the ref’s call because we don’t rewind this far. In fact, the more we think about it, the more we don’t rewind at all in this circumstance. That definitely needs reviewing itself. It’s confusing me as to where and when to stop the rewind button and press play for goalcam check.
HPL Table Week 23
|5||West Ham United||23||10||8||5||37||28||9||38||6th(36)|
|20||Aston Villa||23||3||6||14||19||40||-21||15||20 (13)|