Assists Explained - Week 38

By: Tom Green 9th May 2017

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.

Chelsea 1 Southampton 1
Goal: Oriel Romeu
Assist: Manolo Gabbiadini

Romeu returned to his former club to score a surprise equalizer, tapping in from close range after a shot from Gabbiadini was deflected into his path by Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois. As this intervention from the goalkeeper doesn't remove the assist (although not awarded by the live scoring feed), this was added manually shortly after the match had finished.

Arsenal 1 Leicester 0
Goal: Robert Huth o.g.
Assist: Nacho Monreal

The Gunners had to wait until the 86th minute to make the crucial breakthrough against last season's champions. A cross from Monreal was deflected into his own net by Huth, and as the live scoring feed does not allocate assists for own goals, this was also added manually after all of Wednesday's matches had been completed.

Manchester United 1 Swansea 0
Goal: Wayne Rooney
Assist: Marcus Rashford

Manchester United were awarded a penalty in first-half injury time of the Sunday lunchtime kick-off when Marcus Rashford was adjudged to have been felled by goalkeeper Lucasz Fabianski, with Rooney scoring the resulting spot-kick. As the live scoring feed does not allocate assists for penalties, this was added manually after all of Sunday's games had been completed.

Everton 0 Chelsea 2
Goal: Gary Cahill
Assist: Eden Hazard

Centre-back Cahill scored his second goal in as many games when he reacted first following a parry by goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg from a Hazard free-kick. The live scoring feed does not allocate assists for goalkeeping parries either, meaning this was also added manually after all of Sunday's matches had finished.

Middlesbrough 1 Man City 0
Goal: Alvaro Negredo
Assist: Stewart Downing and George Friend

Relegation threatened Middlesbrough took a surprise lead against Manchester City from a quick counter-attack, with Downing's cross from the left touched on by Friend to Negredo, who scored from the edge of the area. Although Friend slowed the ball down slightly, as well as causing it to bounce, it did not affect the direction that it was heading following Downing's pass so an assist was awarded to both players.

Middlesbrough 1 Man City 1
Goal: Sergio Aguero
Assist: Leroy Sane

City equalized from the spot through Aguero after Sane was tripped in the box. Again, as the live scoring feed does not award assist for penalties, this was subsequently added manually.

Middlesbrough 2 Man City 1
Goal: Calum Chambers
Assist: Alvaro Negredo

Middlesbrough took the lead for the second time in the match when Chambers latched on to an attempted shot from Negredo to score from close range. Although Negredo's shot took a slight deflection off a defender, this came almost immediately afterwards and difficult to disprove that it significantly altered the direction of the ball on a horizontal plane. Hence, it was decided to give the benefit of the doubt and award the assist to the Spanish striker.

Tottenham 1 Arsenal 0
Goal: Dele Alli
Assist: Christian Eriksen

Tottenham continue to apply the pressure on league leaders Chelsea with two goals in quick succession shortly after the break in the North London derby. The breakthrough came when Eriksen's shot was deflected by goalkeeper Petr Cech only as far as Alli, who scored with his usual aplomb. As the goalkeeper's intervention does not remove an assist, Eriksen added another two points to his tally.

Tottenham 2 Arsenal 0
Goal: Harry Kane
Assist: None

Kane doubled the lead from the penalty spot after it was he who was fouled by Gabriel. As it is not possible to assist your own goal, no assist was awarded as a result.


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