Kevin Phillips has claimed that Sunderland were hard done by for the second goal scored by Wycombe Wanderers in their League One clash on Saturday lunchtime.
The Lowdown: Incident packed
Wycombe against Sunderland was certainly a game that lived up to its expectation as both teams fight for automatic promotion up to the Championship.
It was a match full of goals and incidents, as Ross Stewart was not adjudged to have committed a foul as he headed home the Black Cats’ opening goal very early on, which has since been ruled as own goal for Wycombe goalkeeper David Stockdale.
Nonetheless, the first half produced four goals in total in what was a fast start by both sides. The match eventually ended 3-3, with both Stewart and Joe Jacobson scoring in second-half stoppage time.
The Latest: Phillips on Vokes goal
Speaking on Sky Sports (13:24-13:25pm) in his first-half analysis, former SAFC striker Phillips has claimed that the goal scored by Sam Vokes to put Wycombe 2-1 in front should not have stood, as he feels Brandon Hanlan was obstructing goalkeeper Anthony Patterson, and was in an offside position:
“First and foremost, is it a foul on the goalkeeper? If there’s VAR, the goal doesn’t get given because he’s obstructing the goalkeeper.
“Could the goalkeeper be stronger? I think when Vokes heads it, it looks like it’s possibly offside.
“As soon as Hanlan’s arm goes over the top of the goalkeeper, for me it’s a foul.
“I think with VAR, it’s not given for me.”
The Verdict: No goal
As Phillips rightfully points out, Hanlan was obstructing Patterson as he attempted to try and claim the ball before Vokes headed it, and was in an offside position, so the goal should not have counted.
Should the goal have stood?
If VAR was available, it probably would have been ruled out, and so Lee Johnson’s team could feel very hard done by that the decision went against them.
Stewart thought he had come to the rescue for the Stadium of Light faithful and ensured the controversial incident against Patterson didn’t matter, but Jacobsen levelled things with seconds to spare, leaving a bitter taste in Sunderland mouths.
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