VIDEO: Referee Mike Dean Dropped A Clanger In Palace’s Win Over Donny

1 Posted by - February 18, 2019 - News, Video

Crystal Palace secured their place in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup with relative ease against Doncaster Rovers yesterday afternoon but it didn’t stop Eagles fans fuming at referee Mike Dean after he missed an absolutely blatant penalty. 

Having already opened the scoring through Jeffrey Schlupp, Palace’s players and fans alike were stunned when a cut-back from Patrick van Aanholt clearly struck the hand of a Rovers defender before going behind, only for referee Dean to wave away our protests and signal for a corner rather than a spot-kick. 

It goes without saying that, had VAR been in operation, Palace would have been given a penalty but even with the potential for human error, it’s baffling to think that one of the Premier League’s most high-profile officials missed such a clear handball when well up with the pace of play. 

Of course, to get too bent out of shape over it following a comfortable 2-0 win is relatively pointless but even so, it’s frustrating to think that video assistance could easily have seen us given two penalties for handball prior to Max Meyer nodding home the second goal of the afternoon on the stroke of half-time. 

The incident was made all the more laughable following the defender in question pretending that the ball had struck in the face rather than on the hand, feigning injury in the seconds just after Dean had pointed for a corner. It was the sort of moment you couldn’t help but snigger at, even though the boys had been denied what was a stonewall penalty. 

The competition allows VAR to take place at Premier League grounds, meaning that, should Palace be drawn at home in the quarters, they’ll have it in every remaining round of the competition with both the semis and the final being played at Wembley. 

Of course, there are times when you wish it wasn’t in operation as a fan but in the interests of fairness, it’s only right to see its potential use as a positive from this point on, particularly if it results in us being given legitimate penalty calls as and when they occur. 

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  • tzcar February 18, 2019 - 8:08 am Reply

    i think this rather sums up palaces bad luck all season.2-0 rather flattered doncaster.surely we going to tank somebody soon,its been on the cards for a while.

    • Gordon February 18, 2019 - 9:13 am Reply

      Couldn’t agree more. Somehow we haven’t had the rub of the green this season and the decision not to award that penalty was certainly par for the course. But this was a solid performance and a comfortable win – admittedly against a relatively lowly team but a team which showed that they can play good passing football and managed to press us quite high for lengthy periods. It was a good work out for our largely second string defence which stood firm, with Milivojevic patrolling masterfully in front.
      I thought Ayew & Batshuayi put in a hell of a shift. Sadly, Ayew blotted his copy book as greed led him to shoot when a square pass would have set up a near certain goal for a teammate. It was also a great shame that Batshuayi fluffed his one on one chance, but his contribution was highlighted after being replaced. Benteke, when given the chance to come on and run his socks off, seemed distinctly statuesque by comparison. I think Batshuayi will shine for us and might help us to progress further in the FA cup. Let’s hope his contractual masters are eliminated tonight so there’s no risk of us meeting them in a later round and not being able to play Batshuayi. Just thought – we also want to avoid Swansea for similar reasons.

  • David King February 18, 2019 - 9:43 am Reply

    There is of course no vendetta against the club.

  • tzcar February 18, 2019 - 2:32 pm Reply

    batshuayi i feel tactics were unfair to him.he needs balls into the box,not long lobbed passes.not enough crosses into the box.the only way this lad is going to be a hitis if balls arrive inthe penalty area.on a second note,nice to see meyer making a run beyond the strikers.keep this up and he really could fill cabayes shoes.

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