Last night, Crystal Palace ran out 2-0 winners at the home of a lacklustre Wolverhampton Wanderers side, thanks to late goals from Jordan Ayew and Luka Milivojevic. Whilst the first was a superbly taken finish from the Ghanaian, the Eagles’ second came from the penalty spot, following a stonewall decision after a blatant foul inside the box on Wilfried Zaha.
This morning, as part of regular Sky Sports News feature “Ref Watch” ex-referee Dermot Gallagher was asked to analyse a number of calls from the last round of Premier League fixtures, including the penalty call in the Palace game, only the clip they used wasn’t actually the foul which led to the spot-kick, it was a perfectly timed challenge from earlier in the contest which rightly saw Roy Hodgson’s men awarded a corner at the time.
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Despite this obvious error, Gallagher analysed the incident as if it was the foul which brought about our eventual penalty, doing both Wilfried Zaha and Crystal Palace a massive disservice, given the fact that the actual foul was as clear-cut as it is possible for a decision to be. You may question why anyone of a red and blue persuasion would get bent out of shape over a mistake like this but given the unfair reputation Zaha has already been labelled with, it’s simply irresponsible of those editing the footage not to pick the right clip.
All too often, opposition supporters trot out the same stereotypical garbage when discussing Wilf, thanks in no small part to instances like the one attached above. In many ways, it’s a case of death by 1,000 cuts but on a morning when everyone associated with Palace should be toasting a fantastic performance and a massive three points on the road, we are instead treated to this shoddy work from a sports broadcaster who claim to be an authority on football within this country.