Jamie Carragher believes that West Brom should have been awarded a penalty against Arsenal in Monday night’s Premier League clash at the Emirates Stadium.
West Brom forward Jay Rodriguez was brought down in the penalty area by a clumsy challenge from Shkodran Mustafi. Referee Bobby Madley opted not to give a penalty and play advantage instead, despite the resulting chance not being very clear-cut.
Carragher, who was working as a pundit on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, believes that the Baggies should have been given a penalty. “He may not have had a 100 per cent view of it, I think he can see enough of it,” he said, reports the Daily Star.
“But I’ve said for years now that players don’t help referees. Diving, going down. What’s happened here as a referee has not helped the player. That’s a penalty, so the player has been too honest if you like.
“I think the fact he gets up makes the decision for the referee. I think if he stays down he would probably get a penalty.” I believe the game may have played out very different had Rodriguez opted to stay down and West Brom gone on to convert the penalty.
It may have also played out differently had Jake Livermore been able to turn in the rebound. West Brom could have just have easily scored from the advantage Bobby Madley gave them and this penalty controversy wouldn’t be a debate, in my opinion.
West Brom can feel hard done by, but they should also look at their second-half performance and how they didn’t threaten Petr Cech in the Arsenal goal at all. There shouldn’t be any doubt about who deserved to win the game by the end of it.