Assists Explained - Week 16

30th November 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.

Leicester 1 Middlesbrough 1
Goal: Riyad Mahrez
Assist: No Assist

Leicester’s poor start to the Premier League season continued as they made it four league games without a win with their 2-2 draw with Middlesbrough. Leicester were awarded a penalty after Calum Chambers was judged to have handled the ball in the area from Wes Morgan’s punt up field. Mahrez scored his third goal of the season by converting the resulting penalty, but as the handball was not a goal-line clearance, no assist was awarded.

Leicester 2 Middlesbrough 2
Goal: Islam Slimani
Assist: Wes Morgan

Leicester left it late and once again had to rely on a penalty to equalize after Morgan was fouled in the fourth minute of stoppage time. This time Slimani stepped up and dispatched the penalty past Victor Valdes to level things up. As with all penalties, the assist was not initially awarded by the live scoring feed but was later added.

Liverpool 2 Sunderland 0
Goal: James Milner
Assist: Sadio Mane

Liverpool extended their unbeaten run in the Premier League to 11 games as they managed to break down a resilient Sunderland side to win 2-0. Liverpool looked to be heading for a goalless draw before Divock Origi scored the first in the 75th minute but it wasn’t until the last minute that they wrapped up the three points through a Milner penalty. Mane was brought down in the box by Sunderland midfielder Didier N'Dong, leaving Milner to step up and score the penalty. The assist was later manually awarded to Mane as it was he who was fouled.

Swansea 2 Crystal Palace 1
Goal: Leroy Fer
Assist: Fernando Llorente

In one of the most extraordinary matches in Premier League history, Swansea beat Crystal Palace 5-4 with Llorente being at the heart of three of Swansea’s goals. Llorente's first touch after coming on as sub was a header cleared off the line by Yohan Cabaye, only for Fer to follow-up to score at close range. Assists for goal-line clearances are also not given by the live scoring feed and was subsequently added manually.

Swansea 2 Crystal Palace 3
Goal: Jack Cork o.g.
Assists: Wilfried Zaha

In a game that saw nine goals, only two of them required assists to be manually added. Palace looked set to win the game after Jack Cork’s own goal put them 3-2 ahead with only eight minutes left. Zaha floated a cross in and was headed into his own net by Cork. The assists framework for the live scoring feed does not allocate assists for own goals, so this was also added manually.

Watford 0 Stoke 1
Goal: Heurelho Gomes o.g.
Assists: Charlie Adam

Sunday’s early fixture saw a Stoke side, in need of a win to kick-start their season, travel to Vicarage Road to face an in-form Watford team. Stoke were able to get that win with the aid of a Heurelho Gomes own goal - Adam's header from a corner came back off the post, only to deflect off the back of Gomes and into the net. As above, the assist was also subsequently added manually.

Arsenal 1 Bournemouth 1
Goal: Callum Wilson
Assists: No Assist

Arsenal returned to winning ways after beating Bournemouth on Sunday to end a run of three straight draws. However it wasn’t without an uphill battle after they forfeited a 1-0 lead after Nacho Monreal was judged to have fouled Wilson in the box. It was Wilson who scored the penalty himself, so no assist was awarded as it is not possible to assist your own goal.

Man Utd 0 West Ham 1
Goal: Diafro Sakho
Assists: Dimitri Payet

With only Sakho’ssecond appearance of the season he managed to bag his first goal within the first two minutes, heading in from Payet’s pin-point free-kick to give West Ham the lead. Although Michail Antonio attempted a near-post flick-on, no angles suggested that he actually got a touch, so the assist was solely awarded to Payet - his fifth of the season.


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