Assists Explained - Week 19

19th December 2016By: Tom Green

Please note that points for Week 19 include those scored in the midweek games on top of the regular weekend matches.

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.

Bournemouth 1 Leicester 0
Goal: Marc Pugh
Assist: Benik Afobe

Leicester’s poor Premier League title defence continued after they were beaten by Bournemouth 1-0 at the Vitality Stadium, boosting Bournemouth to the highest league position in their history. Pugh scored on his first league start of the season after Afobe’s shot was saved by Foxes keeper Ron-Robert Zieler, only for Pugh to fire home the follow-up. As the live scoring feed does not award assists for goalkeeping parries, this was manually added after Tuesday's games.

West Ham 1 Burnley 0
Goal: Mark Noble
Assist: Winston Reid

West Ham picked up their first win in seven league games after they saw off Burnley at The London Stadium. West Ham were awarded a penalty deep into first-half stoppage time as Reid was brought down in the box by Burnley defender Ben Mee. Standard penalty taker Mark Noble stepped up to see his penalty saved by Tom Heaton, only for midfielder to react quickest and turn in the rebound. As the player taking the penalty and scoring the rebound was the same, this does not remove the assist awarded to the player fouled for the penalty - as explicitly stated in the game's assists rules.

Crystal Palace 0 Manchester United 1
Goal: Paul Pogba
Assist: No assist

After a free-kick in first-half injury time was floated into the box, Zlatan Ibrahimovic attempted to control the ball with his chest/hand before the ball deflected off Joel Ward and into Pogba's path, allowing the Frenchman to sweep home from close range - this deflection is most obvious from the angle behind the goal.

Were it not for the deflection, whilst Pogba may have still had the opportunity to shoot, he would have needed to have taken at least a step to the right, and therefore the change in direction caused by the deflected had be deemed significant - thus leading to no assist being awarded. We also considered it as if it was an attacking player who deflected the ball into Pogba's path and whether we would have awarded a double assist in that instance. The answer was a resounding "no" and therefore cemented the decision.

It should also be noted in this game that Matteo Darmian came on as a 52nd minute substitute and was on the pitch when his side conceded. As he failed to play the required 45 minutes for a defender appearance point, he duly scored minus one point.

Tottenham 3 Swansea 0
Goal: Victor Wanyama
Assists: Christian Eriksen

Hull have by far the worst goal difference in the league and made even sorrier reading as they were beaten 3-0 by Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Wednesday. Eriksen scored in both halves before seeing his free-kick tipped onto the post by David Marshall, only for Wanyama to follow up and score from close range. The live scoring feed does not award assists for goalkeeping parries or rebounds of the woodwork, so this was manually added after all of Wednesday's games were completed.

Middlesbrough 2 Swansea 0
Goal: Alvaro Negredo
Assist: Adam Forshaw

Swansea find themselves firmly in a relegation battle after a Negredo brace helped Middlesbrough ease to a 3-0 victory. The Spaniard’s second goal of the game came courtesy of a penalty after Swansea defender Jordi Amat tripped Forshaw in the box. As no assists are awarded by the live scoring feed for players fouled for penalties which are subsequently scored, this was added after all of Saturday's matches had completed.

Stoke 1 Leicester 0
Goal: Bojan
Assist: No assist

Stoke squandered a two-goal lead to a 10-man Leicester City as they drew 2-2 at the Bet365 Stadium. Stoke initially took advantage of Jamie Vardy’s early red card, scoring twice just before the break. The opening goal came when Bojan's cross was handled and the Spanish striker stepped up to the resulting penalty. However, no assist was awarded for two reasons - the handball was not a goal-line clearance and it is not possible for a player to assist their own goal.

Stoke 2 Leicester 0
Goal: Joe Allen
Assist: Giannelli Imbula

Allen scored the second goal for the Potters after Imbula’s initial shot cannoned off the post before hitting the back of goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and landing conveniently for Allen to tap-in at close range. As neither intervention from the woodwork or the goalkeeper removes the assist, Imbula was awarded two points after the game.

Sunderland 1 Watford 0
Goal: Patrick van Aanholt
Assist: Jermain Defoe

Sunderland moved off the bottom of the table with a 1-0 win against Watford at the Stadium of Light. Following a first half of few chances, the deadlock was eventually broken by van Aanholt shortly after the break when Defoe’s cross in from the right was tucked in by the Dutchman. Although there is a little uncertainly as to whether it was van Aanholt or Etienne Capoue who got the first touch on Defoe's pass, and the assist was not initially awarded by the live scoring feed, the benefit of the doubt has been given to the attacking player.

West Ham 1 Hull 0
Goal: Mark Noble
Assist: Michail Antonio

West Ham edge ever closer to mid-table after two consecutive 1-0 victories at the London Stadium - this time it was Hull who were on the receiving end of yet another Noble penalty. Antonio was the player deemed to have been man-handled in the box, meaning that he was credited with an assist on Saturday evening.

West Brom 0 Man Utd 2
Goal: Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Assist: Wayne Rooney

Ibrahimovic scored his 10th goal in nine matches after Manchester United comfortably beat West Brom 2-0 at the Hawthorns in Saturday’s late kick-off. After receiving a pass from Rooney, Ibrahimovic jinked into the box before firing a shot which was deflected off defender Craig Dawson and into the net. Irrespective of whether or not the initial shot was on target, the goal has been officially credited to Ibrahmovic, and although Fantasy League has our own assists criteria, we have no authority to overrule official goalscorers. As stated in the scoring rules, if the goalscorer is overturned more than 24 hours after the game, points will not be amended to reflect this - so these points are now effectively "in the bank".

Bournemouth 1 Southampton 3
Goal: Jay Rodriguez
Assist: Nathan Redmond

Jay Rodriguez scored twice as Southampton came from behind to beat south-coast rivals Bournemouth 3-1 at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday. After going 1-0 down through a Nathan Ake goal, Rodriguez scored twice in the second half to wrap up the points. The striker saved the best goal for last as he lashed home Southampton's third from 20 yards. In a scrappy build-up, the Bournemouth defence failed to clear as the ball rebounded off Redmond to Rodriguez. Although unintentional, Redmond was therefore awarded the assist as the last pass to the goalscorer.

Tottenham 0 Burnley 1
Goal: Ashley Barnes
Assist: No assist

It’s now four consecutive away defeats for Burnley after they were beaten 2-1 by Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Sunday. The Clarets took an unexpected lead when the home side failed to clear the ball as an attempted George Boyd cross was poked goalwards by Moussa Dembele, with Barnes reacting to score from close range. As the intervention affected both the speed and direction of the ball, no assist was awarded as a result.


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