West Bromwich 2 Swansea 1: Laudrup fury as offside call costs Swans a point

By Peter Higgs

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Michael Laudrup was furious with referee Lee Mason after Swansea were disallowed an 87th-minute equaliser which replays showed was indisputably a fair goal.

Substitute Roland Lamah cut into Albion’s penalty area and drilled the ball across goal. When the ball rebounded back to him off defender Gareth McAuley and goalkeeper Ben Foster, he netted from a narrow angle.

A linesman’s flag cut short the celebrations but, because the ball had come back off an opponent, the Belgian midfielder could not have been offside and Laudrup, among the most mild-mannered of managers, could not contain his anger.

Hot shot: Romelu Lukaku of West Bromwich Albion scores the equaliser

Hot shot: Romelu Lukaku of West Bromwich Albion scores the equaliser

Match facts

West Brom: Foster, Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Yacob, Mulumbu, Dorrans (Fortune 87), Morrison (Thomas 87), Brunt, Lukaku (Odemwingie 80). Subs Not Used: Myhill, Popov, Rosenberg, Tamas.

Booked: Jones.

Goals: Lukaku 40, de Guzman 61 og.

Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Monk, Williams, Davies, Hernandez (Lamah 68), de Guzman, Ki, Routledge (Shechter 76), Michu, Moore (Dyer 60). Subs Not Used: Tremmel, Bartley, Tiendalli, Gower.

Booked: Dyer.

Goals: Moore 33.

Att: 24,832

Ref: Lee Mason (Lancashire).

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‘What happened with the disallowed goal is against the rules,’ said the 48-year-old Dane.

‘How can you disallow the goal when the ball comes back off an opponent? It’s like giving  offside from a throw-in.

‘Either they don’t know the rules or they haven’t seen it. But you can’t be a referee or linesman if you don’t know the rules. So it has to be a mistake. But it’s very frustrating. We’ve all seen offside given from a throw-in and laughed about it. But I’m not laughing about this one.’

Swansea winger Wayne Routledge summed up the feelings in the visitors’ dressing room when he tweeted: ‘Can’t even write what I want to say on here or I’m definitely getting fined.  Unbelievable! Watch the replays.’

Even Albion head coach Steve Clarke agreed the decision was wrong, saying: ‘We got a lucky
break. It should have been given. It came back off Ben Foster.’

But Clarke insisted his team were good value for the victory, which takes them above Liverpool into seventh place.

Swansea had dominated the first half-hour and took a deserved lead when  ex-Albion striker Luke Moore headed in Jonathan de Guzman’s corner.

Goal machine: Lukaku celebrates his strike

Goal machine: Lukaku celebrates his strike

Net result: Swansea City's Luke Moore scores past keeper Ben Foster

Net result: Swansea City's Luke Moore scores past keeper Ben Foster

Yet the ever-present threat of Romelu Lukaku kept the home team in the game and when Graham Dorrans broke clear to drive in a cross, the on-loan Chelsea striker showed perfect anticipation in getting ahead of Garry Monk and diverting the ball past Michel Vorm for this 13th goal of the season. Vorm then parried a fierce volley from James Morrison and, 12 minutes into the second half, made an even more significant save.

Referee Mason pointed to the spot after Routledge tangled with Morrison but Lukaku’s side-footed penalty could not beat Vorm.

Group hug: Luke Moore of Swansea is congratulated on scoring the opening goal

Group hug: Luke Moore of Swansea is congratulated on scoring the opening goal

Own goal: Gareth McAuley's effort went in off the back of Jonathan De Guzman's head

Own goal: Gareth McAuley's effort went in off the back of Jonathan De Guzman's head

All smiles: West Brom's substitutes Peter Odemwingie (L), Goran Popov and Isaiah Brown (R)

All smiles: West Brom's substitutes Peter Odemwingie (L), Goran Popov and Isaiah Brown (R)

It was to be a brief reprieve for Swansea as Albion grabbed the winner four minutes later. From Chris Brunt’s inswinging corner, McAuley’s header appeared to be cleared off the line by Angel Rangel but hit De Guzman and went in.

If that was a bit lucky, it was nothing compared to the injustice of Swansea’s disallowed equaliser.

 
 

 


 

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@marc, don't know how you can possibly say that both linesman and ref didn't see the ball come off not one but two Albion players, the ball came out from the goalkeeper hit another Albion player then back to Lamar, now there was only one way that the ball could reach Lamar, that is by coming off an Albion player, its not an instant reaction that was needed from the ref, just common sense and application of the rules, Mason and his linesman should be dropped down the ranks to the conference to brush up on the laws of the game.

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As bad as the deciscion was, you hav to remember that the officials only had "realtime" in which to make their decision. Le Tiss & Sky Sports have numerous replays which they can view from a variety of angles. In realtime you cannot be 100% certain that the ball came of an Albion player, slow it down and analyse and yes it does, but the ref & linesman have to make an instant decision and be 100% right, in that split second they could not be so certain and so rule as they see it. Bad luck on Swansea, howver, I bet the Baggies have had their fair share of bad luck in the past, remember that penalty that was never given against Man U for that challenge on Dorrans.

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This shows once again what a class act Laudrup is. Imagine the reaction of Fergie or Wenger

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Hope Lukaku stays at WBA next season so he continues to improve and not got stale at Chelsea! Even better send him to Everton, we need a goal scorer but highly unlikely!

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I thought the Swansea manager was quite clam actually considering this was actually a shocking decision which was so clear cut!

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lukaku definitely PFA BEST YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR

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Please, CALL LUKAKU BACK!

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The linesman(3rd official ) should be charged with match fixing, and the Ref. with aiding and ebbeting. the two players hit by the ball should be charged with brining the game into disrepute.

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shocking decision that offside.

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What else do people expect from Mason, a very poor display of Refereeing as usual. He is in the same vein as Ellary, Riley, Webb, Halsey, Clattenberg and Dean, all useless.

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