A farcical refereeing incident and two missed penalties helped West Bromwich Albion safe a chaotic 1-Zero win over Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday that breathed life into its struggle towards relegation from the Premier League.
Main 1-Zero by way of Kyle Bartley’s 11th-minute header, West Brom had already seen Pascal Gross strike a penalty towards the crossbar when Lewis Dunk appeared to equalize for the guests by way of a shortly taken free-kick that was taken a break up second after referee Lee Mason blew his whistle.
Nonetheless, Mason blew for a second time simply because the ball was crossing the road, having seen that West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone was nonetheless lining up his defensive wall and wasn’t prepared for the free-kick.
Mason initially awarded no purpose, then reversed his choice. As chaos ensued with gamers from each groups surrounding the official Mason was suggested by the VAR to view the incident on the pitchside monitor and, after a prolonged delay, once more disallowed the purpose.
Referee Lee Mason has overturned the purpose as a result of the whistle had been blown a second time earlier than the ball had crossed the road, a Premier League assertion learn inside minutes of the incident.
Brighton then conspired to overlook one other penalty within the second half, with substitute Danny Welbeck putting his effort towards the submit.
It was one more scarcely plausible loss for Brighton, which was overwhelmed by Crystal Palace 2-1 on Monday regardless of permitting solely two touches in its penalty space for the entire recreation.
It leaves Graham Potters group within the thick of the relegation battle, sitting in 16th place and solely 4 factors above the underside three. Brighton additionally has performed a recreation greater than Fulham, which is in third-to-last place.
West Brom, which had simply 30% possession and fewer than half the variety of photographs as Brighton within the recreation, someway picked up solely its third win of the season and moved the next-to-last group to inside eight factors of security.