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.
Hull 1 Watford 0
Goal: Lazar Markovic
Assist: Kamil Grosicki
Hull secured a vital three points despite being reduced to 10 men with the dismissal of Oumar Niasse just 25 minutes into the match. The Tigers scored the opening goal when Grosicki marauded down the right and crossed for Markovic, whose shot rebounded off the bar before scoring from the follow-up. The contact with the woodwork meant that the assist was not awarded by the live scoring feed, but was subsequently added manually after all Saturday's games were completed.
Hull 2 Watford 0
Goal: Sam Clucas
Assist: No assist
Hull doubled their lead when Clucas lashed home from the edge of the area. However, this time Grosicki was on the wrong side of an assists decision - his corner was headed out to Clucas by a Watford defender, so no assist was awarded as a result.
Burnley 0 Man Utd 2
Goal: Wayne Rooney
Assist: Anthony Martial
Manchester United maintained their unbeaten run with a 2-0 win at Burnley. Rooney marked his return to the side with the second goal, latching on to a Martial shot that was only partially blocked by Burnley keeper Tom Heaton. As the live scoring feed does not allocate assists for goalkeeping parries, this was added manually on Sunday evening.
Liverpool 1 Crystal Palace 2
Goal: Christian Benteke
Assist: Jason Puncheon
Crystal Palace registered a shock win at Anfield with Benteke scoring both goals on his return to his former club. For his second, a mis-hit inswinging corner by Andros Townsend was flicked to the edge of the six yard box by Jason Puncheon, where Benteke was waiting to provide the winning header. As the initial ball was heading closer to Luka Milivojevic than Benteke and the flick took no less than four Liverpool defenders out of play, the change of direction caused by the deflection was deemed significant and hence Puncheon was the sole beneficiary of the assist.