Assists Explained - Week 35

11th April 2017By: 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.

Man Utd 1 Everton 1
Goal: Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Assist: None

Manchester United’s unbeaten run extended to 20 matches after a last minute penalty rescued a point against Everton. Manchester United grabbed the equalizer when Ibrahimovic scored from the spot after a handball from Ashley Williams, following a shot from Luke Shaw. However, as goalkeeper Joel Robles was situated directly behind Williams when the ball struck the hand, it cannot be regarded as a goal-line clearance and hence no assist was awarded.

Please note that goalkeepers and defenders continue to be deducted points even after they are sent off, so Williams subsequently lost his clean sheet even though he was technically off the pitch when the penalty was scored.

Hull 1 Middlesbrough 1
Goal: Lazar Markovic
Assist: Abel Hernandez

Hull put four past Middlesbrough to lift themselves out of the relegation zone for the first time since October. Hull got back on level terms after a goalmouth scramble ended when a Hernandez shot was blocked by the feet of goalkeeper Victor Valdes, leaving Markovic to score from the follow-up. As the live scoring feed does not allocate assists for goalkeeping parries, this was added manually after all of Wednesday's matches were completed.

Swansea 1 Tottenham 1
Goal: Dele Alli
Assist: None

Tottenham kept their title hopes alive after three goals in the final few minutes saw them beat Swansea 3-1. Tottenham equalized in the 88th minute when an attempted shot from Christin Eriksen was deflected by Swansea defender Alfie Mawson, taking another defender, the goalkeeper and striker Vincent Janssen out of play and presenting Alli was a tap-in at the far post. Without the deflection, the ball would not have reached Alli in that position (it was initially heading towards the near post) and hence the change of direction caused by the deflection has to be regarded as significant. As a result, no assist was awarded.

Swansea 1 Tottenham 2
Goal: Heung-min Son
Assist: Vincent Janssen

Tottenham grabbed a second in injury time when Son latched onto a neat flick from Janssen to score from close range. There was an argument for a double assist for Christian Eriksen, but without the flick from Janssen, the ball was heading towards the centre of the goal, yet Son latched onto it on the corner of the six yard box. Hence, it was unanimously agreed to solely award the assist to the Swedish striker.

Chelsea 1 Man City 1
Goal: Sergio Aguero
Assist: David Silva

An Eden Hazard brace helped Chelsea maintain their seven point lead at the top of the Premier League table. After the Blues took an early lead, City hit back through Aguero after Silva's shot was parried into his path by Thibault Courtois. As per the Hull goal above, the live scoring feed does not award assists for goalkeeping parries, so this was also added manually.

Chelsea 2 Man City 1
Goal: Eden Hazard
Assist: Pedro

Hazard scored his second goal of the game in the 35th minute, converting the rebound after his spot-kick was saved by Willy Caballero. The penalty came as a result of a foul on Pedro, but as the same player took the spot-kick and scored from the rebound, the assist still stands.

Tottenham 2 Watford 0
Goal: Eric Dier
Assist: None

Although Heung-min Son had a hand in all four Tottenham goals in the Saturday lunchtime kick-off against Watford – setting up the first for Dele Alli and scoring the third and fourth himself – he was not awarded an assist for the second goal. The Korean’s attempted cross was first inadvertently flicked-on by Adrian Mariappa and then deflected out by Abdoulaye Doucoure to Dier, who lashed the ball home with his usual no-nonsense aplomb.

Manchester City 1 Hull 0
Goal: Ahmed Elmohamady o.g.
Assist: Jesus Navas

Manchester City took just over half an hour to get off the mark against Hull, benefiting from an own goal when Elomohamady turned in Navas’ cross at the far post. As the live scoring feed does not allocate assists for own goals, this was added manually after all Saturday matches were completed.

Manchester City 2 Hull 0
Goal: Sergio Aguero
Assist: Raheem Sterling

Aguero doubled the lead shortly after the break, converting from close range after Sterling had seen his attempted cross poked into the path of the Argentine by the boot of goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic. This assist was also added manually on Saturday evening as the feed does not award assists for goalkeeping parries, either.

Bournemouth 0 Chelsea 1
Goal: Adam Smith o.g.
Assist: Diego Costa

Chelsea restored their seven point advantage at the top of the table with a 3-1 win on the sunny south coast on Saturday evening. However, they took the lead in somewhat fortuitous fashion when Costa’s skewed shot deflected off defender Smith into his own net. Again, as the live scoring feed does not award assists for own goals, this was also subsequently added manually.

Everton 4 Leicester 2
Goal: Romelu Lukakau
Assist: Phil Jagielka

Premier League top scorer Lukaku grabbed his second goal of the game and Everton’s fourth after he scored from a corner. On initial viewing, it appeared as though a Kevin Mirallas corner was flicked-on by Jagielka to Lukaku, but on closer inspection, the ball was headed goalwards by Jagielka before hitting the shoulder of Andy King, then rebounding off the back of Jagielka to Lukaku. As a result of these two significant changes of direction, the assist was solely awarded to the Everton centre-back – ultimately it was he who provided the last pass to the goalscorer.


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