Vital Football

Latest WBA News

Clarke Rages Against Penalty Problems

Clarke Rages Against Penalty Problems

Steve Clarke has insisted that the soft penalty given in the first half completely changed the complexion of the game.

Speaking to wba.co.uk following the 2-0 defeat, Clarke spoke his mind on Mike Jone's performance in the game.

'There was zero contact on the first penalty decision, I'm not sure what the ref saw. I think there is a culture in the game now that if there is contact players will go down easier than they did a number of years ago, and they go down to draw the referee's attention to the fact that there was a slight contact. In that one there was no contact. Cazorla might have felt there was contact coming but Steven pulled out and from where the referee was he should be able to see.'

As for how it changed the game and our performance up to that point, he adds.

'It changed the shape of the afternoon, it could have been a nervous afternoon for Arsenal, at 0-0 they hadn't created too much. I was comfortable with the way the team was defending and playing at the time. We knew the longer the game went, the more pressure would come on Arsenal and then we would have a chance to play, I think that decision changed it.'

Clarke has no real objections to the second penalty of the evening, but still has an issue with Jone's handling of the lead up to it.

'The second penalty was a clear penalty that I have no complaints about because Brunt fouled Oxlade-Chamberlain the box. But before that Popov was fouled in the lead up to it and for some reason the referee, who had given soft free kicks all afternoon, decided not to give that one. It was another poor decision for us.'

Clarke wasn't finished there though, so I assume he'll have a fine on the way whilst Wenger smiles having missed everything.

'You can add the Mertesacker handball to the poor decisions in the first half. It was a ball from deep, a normal free kick into the box, and for some reason the officials decided it was a free kick. They gave it for a foul on somebody, and, having watching it back, for the life of me I can't see a foul on anyone.'

Bit of a bad run for us at the moment, but we all knew we'd have one given how we started. Just got to suck it up, official incompetence and all, and redouble efforts to get ourselves back onto a winning run.

Vital West Brom on: facebook

Vital West Brom on: twitter

Join The Vital Debate



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Baggy Boy
Date:Saturday December 8 2012
Time: 9:02PM

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Tyson Fury Will Be Back!

Comments

0
Have to say you were robbed on both decisions. Clearly a dive and clearly an earlier foul by Ox-Chamberlain. I won't even mention the Germans hand ball...
Oxfordspur
09/12/2012 10:21:00
0
Won't find me arguing, be nice if the ref leveled it out next time we play them!
Baggy Boy
09/12/2012 20:21:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent West Bromwich Albion Articles

West Brom Duo Get Northern Ireland Call (30/9/16)

Gareth McAuley and Jonny Evans have been called up by Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill for the coming international break.

West Brom Duo Get Scotland Call (30/9/16)

Darren Fletcher and James Morrison have been called up by Scotland manager Gordon Strachan for the coming international break.

Robson-Kanu Gets Wales Call (30/9/16)

Hal Robson-Kanu has been called up by Wales manager Chris Coleman for the coming international break.

Match Day Officials v Sunderland (1/10/16)

The Premier League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game against Sunderland this Saturday.

Archived Vital Baggies Articles

Vital Baggies articles from

Site Journalists

Baggy Boy
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Stoke MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Foster1%
Dawson33%
McAuley0%
Evans0%
Nyom11%
Yacob22%
Phillips0%
Fletcher0%
Chadli0%
McClean0%
Rondon22%
Sub - Robson-Kanu11%
Sub - Morrison0%
Sub - Leko0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Man City 6 6 0 0 18 13
2 Spurs 6 4 2 0 14 7
3 Arsenal 6 4 1 1 13 8
4 Liverpool 6 4 1 1 13 7
5 Everton 6 4 1 1 13 6
6 Man Utd 6 4 0 2 12 5
7 Crystal Palace 6 3 1 2 10 3
8 Chelsea 6 3 1 2 10 1
9 Southampton 6 2 2 2 8 1
10 WBA 6 2 2 2 8 1
11 Watford 6 2 1 3 7 -1
12 Leicester City 6 2 1 3 7 -3
13 Burnley 6 2 1 3 7 -3
14 Hull City 6 2 1 3 7 -5
15 AFC Bournemouth 6 2 1 3 7 -5
16 Middlesbrough 6 1 2 3 5 -3
17 Swansea 6 1 1 4 4 -5
18 West Ham 6 1 0 5 3 -9
19 Stoke 6 0 2 4 2 -11
20 Sunderland 6 0 1 5 1 -7
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent West Bromwich Albion  Results (view all)

West Bromwich Albion  Fixtures (view all)

Oct 1 2016 3:00PM : Sunderland (a)
Barclays Premier League
Oct 15 2016 3:00PM : Tottenham Hotspur (H)
Barclays Premier League
Oct 22 2016 5:30PM : Liverpool (a)
Barclays Premier League
Oct 29 2016 3:00PM : Manchester City (H)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 6 2016 4:30PM : Leicester City (a)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 21 2016 8:00PM : Burnley (H)
Barclays Premier League