Assists Explained - week 18

14th December 2016By: Tom Green

The allocation of assists is often a major talking point and this article gives managers an insight as to certain points were or were not given.

Please note that assists awarded during live updates are provided by a feed – no assists are awarded by the feed for penalties, own goals, rebounds off the woodwork, goalkeeping parries/dropped crosses etc. Also, “double assists” are never awarded by the feed. Goals are subsequently reviewed by the Fantasy League Assist Panel and amended manually after all of the day’s matches have been completed.

Arsenal 0 Stoke 1
Goal: Charlie Adam
Assist: Joe Allen

Arsenal were able to move to the top of the Premier League as they won their third league game in a row after beating Stoke at the Emirates. However, Stoke took the lead through an Adam penalty after Allen was elbowed by Granit Xhaka. As the live scoring feed does not award an assist in such eventualities, this was added manually after all of Saturday's games were completed.

Hull 1 Crystal Palace 0
Goal: Robert Snodgrass
Assist: No assist

Palace denied Hull their first victory in four games as they left it late to rescue a draw at the KC Stadium. Hull took the lead through a very controversial penalty after Snodgrass went down in the area, despite no contact appearing to have been made by Palace defender Scott Dann. Nevertheless, Snodgrass took and scored the penalty himself, hence explaining why no assist was awarded - as it is not possible to assist your own goal.

Hull 1 Crystal Palace 1
Goal: Christian Benteke
Assist: Wilfried Zaha

The Palace reply also came from the penalty spot, with Robert Snodgrass this time the guilty party. The Scot tripped Zaha, with Benteke converting the resulting spot-kick, meaning that Zaha was subsequently awarded the assist.

Swansea 1 Sunderland 0
Goal: Glyfi Sigurdsson
Assist: No assist

Swansea moved off the bottom of the table on Saturday after beating fellow relegation rivals Sunderland 3-0 at the Liberty Stadium. After a goal-less first half, Wayne Routledge's cross was handled by Sunderland defender Jason Denayer. Swansea were given a penalty that was subsequently scored by Sigurdsson. However, as the handball was not on the goal-line, no assist was awarded.

Leicester 4 Man City 1
Goal: Aleksandar Kolarov
Assists: No assist

In one of the shock results of the weekend, Leicester found themselves 3-0 up within 20 minutes against a hapless Manchester City as they secured a first victory in five Premier League games. However, City were able to score a couple of consolation goals - the first being from Kolarov's trusty left-foot, scoring a free-kick after David Silva was fouled. However, unlike penalties, no assists are awarded for the player fouled leading up to a direct free-kick being scored.

Chelsea 1 West Brom 0
Goal: Diego Costa
Assists: Cesc Fabregas

It took a moment of hesitation from West Brom defender Gareth McAuley for Chelsea to finally break down a very resilient West Brom side in Sunday’s early kick-off. McAuley appeared to have Fabregas' punt up field under control, but was robbed by Costa before the Spanish striker turned inside to score the only goal of the game. As any contact that McAuley made with the ball was negligible, the assist was duly given to Fabregas.

Liverpool 1 West Ham 1
Goal: Dimitri Payet
Assists: No assist

West Ham bounced back from last week’s humiliating 5-1 defeat to Arsenal and move out of the relegation zone with a respectable hard-fought 2-2 draw against Liverpool at Anfield. West Ham found themselves a goal down within five minutes but were able to equalize through another well-placed Payet free-kick. Again, as with all direct free-kicks, no assist is awarded.

Liverpool 2 West Ham 2
Goal: Divock Origi
Assists: Sadio Mane

West Ham found themselves 2-1 up at the end of the first half courtesy of another Michail Antonio goal, but the lead was short-lived as Liverpool equalized shortly after the restart. Mane’s cross was dropped by West Ham keeper Darren Randolph straight into the path of the oncoming Origi, who made no mistake from close range. As Randolph's intervention was a parry rather than a punch, the assist was awarded to Mane.


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