Assists Explained - Week 31

14th March 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.

Bournemouth 1 West Ham 1
Goal: Josh King
Assist: No assist

A King hat-trick inspired Bournemouth to an essential home win over West Ham that eases their relegation fears. After missing from the penalty spot, King equalized when he seized on a loose ball to lash the ball home. The initial cross may have been flicked by Benik Afobe but the significant last touch came from West Ham defender Winston Reid, deflecting the ball into King's path. As a result, no assist was awarded.

Bournemouth 2 West Ham 1
Goal: Josh King
Assist: Benik Afobe

Afobe then got on the right side of an assist decision when the ball deflected off his hand following an attempted knock-down by Steve Cook, diverting the ball to King, who scored his second goal of the game. Although completely unintentional, the contact from Afobe became the last pass to the goalscorer, which is the precise definition of an assist. Any intention (or lack of) is irrelevant.

Bournemouth 3 West Ham 2
Goal: Josh King
Assist: Jack Wilshire

King completed his hat-trick in the final minute, following up after an initial shot from Wilshire was parried into his path by Hammers’ keeper Darren Randolph. As the live scoring feed does not award assists for goalkeeping parries, this was added manually after all Saturday's games were completed.

Everton 1 West Brom 0
Goal: Kevin Mirallas
Assist: Ross Barkley

Morgan Schneiderlin scored his first goal for Everton as the Toffees comfortably beat West Brom 3-0 at Goodison Park. Similar to the third Bournemouth goal described above, a shot from Barkley was parried by Baggies keeper Ben Foster, with Mirallas scoring from the follow-up. Hence, this assist was also added after the game.


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