LVG floors Arsene title bid – Wk 27

Palace bemused by Moss. SSN run outta time. Wk 27.

Hypothetical Premier League result  in brackets, official real-life score first.

Games with HPL scoreline change in red.

Saturday, February 27

Leicester City 1-0 Norwich (1-0) Referee: Neil Swarbrick
All clean for real-life Premier League leaders, who crank up pressure on Hypothetical Premier League leaders Arsenal.

West Brom 3-2 Crystal Palace (3-3) Referee: Jonathan Moss
Palace defender Dann is shoved in the back by McAuley when it is 1-3 and Alan Pardew claims clear penalty. Martin Keown agrees. Both also think Bolasie is clipped by Fletcher for a penalty a little later but that is a little more debatable. So over to SSN HQ and Dermot Gallagher, who agrees with the HPL on the latter nand with Pards/Keown on the first. .

Stoke City 2-1 Aston Villa (2-1) Referee: Kevin Friend
Apparently, Villa’s consolation strike is fine even though Gestede handballs in the build up. That’s the view of Dermot G. Oh well, given Villa are gone and Stoke the luckiest in the land, it really matters not.

Southampton 1-2 Chelsea (1-2) Martin Atkinson.
A true 50-50 call when Cahill collides with Austin in the Chelsea box. Atkinson turns that penalty shout down. Then he goes ‘control’ crazy a few minutes on, ignoring the assistant flagging for a foul by a Chelsea player – and waving play on in the visitors’ favour. A few seconds later, they are up the other end making it 1-1. Whoops! Keown reckons Saints are robbed twice. Resolving this issue of an infringement in the build up to a ‘goal’ is, for me, the true key to using technology properly. I need to think more. BTW. Dermot G steps into the void on SSN HQ by backing Atkinson twice and therefore halting any score change. .

Watford 0-0 Bournemouth (0-0) Referee: Anthony Taylor
Eddie Howe says he is disappointed not to receive a penalty when Berahmi arms the ball. Almost as disappointed as we are that Rob and Dermot don’t have time to run the rule over the Cherries penalty shout on Sky Sports News HQ, Monday. Fair enough, I suppose, as it’s not as if they are a 24/7, live rolling sports news channel or anything. Jeepers.

West Ham 1-0 Sunderland (1-0) Referee: Mike Dean
Dermot Gallagher gets the chance to overrule and allow Rodwell’s disallowed equaliser to stand but does the opposite, suggesting it is handball. DG seems in no mood to criticise anything or anybody – save Jonathan Moss’ handling of events at the Hawthorns,

Sunday, February 28

Manchester United 2-1 Arsenal (2-1) Referee: Craig Pawson

Tottenham 2-1 Swansea (2-1) Referee: Mike Jones