Should Lukaku’s United Equaliser Have Stood? Twitter Was Outraged At The Ref

3 Posted by - March 6, 2018 - News

Crystal Palace suffered a truly devastating last-gasp defeat at home to Manchester United last night but for those who watched the game on TV rather than live inside the stadium, there was a serious question mark over the validity of Romelu Lukaku’s equaliser.

Having established a 2-0 lead early in the second half, Palace were pegged back just seven minutes later by a Chris Smalling header before a period of heavy pressure from the visiting Reds brought about a chance for the Belgian hot-shot to level the scores from close-range.

Following a strike from Alexis Sanchez which looped high in the air and glanced off the face of Wayne Hennessey’s crossbar, Lukaku ran to control it and seemingly brought the ball under his power with the use of his hand. As a consequence, he was able to turn and dummy the defenders covering on the line before firing into the back of the net but surely, had the referee seen such an infringement, the game would have been halted immediately.

From my own personal perspective, the mere fact that we’ve allowed a two-goal lead to slip at home with just 42 minutes left on the clock is heartbreaking and infuriating in equal measure, with Lukaku’s handball simply acting as a cherry on top of a turd-based cake. Yes, had VAR been in use the goal would almost certainly not have stood. Yes, the referee and his officials are at fault for not spotting it but our players must take their share of the blame for allowing United to dominate the pace and patterns of play so completely with the score at 2-1.

Unfortunately, yesterday will now go down as another bitter memory of points dropped rather than being looked back upon as a night when the players and supporters did themselves proud in equal measure. For the first 50 minutes of the contest we were at United’s collective throats and held a deserved two-goal advantage but in the immediate aftermath of Patrick van Aanholt’s well taken effort, we lost our heads and eventually paid the price in the cruelest manner possible.

I still have the image of Matic’s dipping long-range winner playing in my head as I write this and fear that it may be the goal which defines our chances of survival moving forward. For all of the quality it took from him, coupled with a potentially illegal assist from Lukaku’s hand in the split second before his leveller, the players will be feeling empty after letting such a valuable lead crumble in front of their eyes.

They say 2-0 is the most dangerous score-line in football. Last night proved exactly why so many feel that way.

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  • t.carter March 6, 2018 - 8:53 am Reply

    yet again hoppo,i totally agree with your assesment.this team are not a team.quite frankly we ain,t good enough.

  • Tom March 6, 2018 - 9:19 am Reply

    Didn’t help with Wayne raising his arms and jumping just as Lukaku shot low and hard .. still see us staying up tho not many teams would have been able to beat us 3-2 after going 2 nil down and we have 3 or 4 very winnable games yet .. gona be close!!

  • Pete Mayo March 6, 2018 - 9:20 am Reply

    It was right in front of me. Lukaku definitely controlled it with his hand. Clearly. And easy to see.
    But agreed, we should have been wresting back control of the game, not relying on the referee or assistant to do their jobs.
    The lack of game saving fresh legs on the bench hurt again.

  • Steve Kennedy March 6, 2018 - 11:00 am Reply

    Difference last night MU had a goalkeeper we haven’t, the worst I think I’ve ever seen. If they playing him they will go down. Got another goalkeeper now let’s play him, rather have an unfit keeper than Hennessey. Wouldn’t get in my Sunday league team. Very POOR

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