Also in this match, Southampton thought they were denied a penalty when they believed James Collins made contact with the ball via his arm. Mark Clattenburg was suitably placed to make the call, which was the correct one, as replays showed the ball hit Jay Rodriguez‘s arm.
Speaking to BBC‘s ‘Match Of the Day’, Pochettino was very unhappy with the performance of the officials:
“The first goal was a clear offside and we were denied a clear penalty.
“We were unlucky with the refereeing decisions.”
In the match between West Brom and Fulham, the Goal Decision System (GDS) was again beneficial to the officials when a late Matej Vydra strike crept over the line after a fumble from Fulham stopper Maarten Stekelenburg to earn a point for the Baggies. There is no doubting that the linesman would have had a very difficult job in making a split second decision, if the GDS was not available. However, the belated invention of it has relieved a significant amount of pressure from the officials.
Lastly, Manchester United bounced back to winning ways with a hard fought 2-0 victory away at Crystal Palace. The deadlock was broken by a Robin van Persie penalty, after a clumsy challenge by Marouane Chamakh on Patrice Evra. Chamakh did a lot of defensive covering and worked hard for the 70 or so minutes that he was on the field, but a split second loss of concentration denied the Eagles a possible draw.