Assists Explained - Week 24

25th January 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.

Middlesbrough 1 West Ham 2
Goal: Andy Carroll
Assist: Michail Antonio

West Ham achieved back-to-back victories in the Premier League after an Andy Carroll brace gave them a deserved victory at the Riverside. Carroll’s second goal saw him slot into an empty net after Antonio's long-range strike was parried by goalkeeper Victor Valdes, with Carroll reacting first to prod home the loose ball. As no assists are awarded by the live scoring feed for goalkeeper parries, this was added manually after all of Saturday's games had been completed.

Stoke 1 Man Utd 0
Goal: Juan Mata o.g.
Assist: Erik Pieters

Wayne Rooney became Manchester United's all-time leading goalscorer after a late free-kick helped rescue a point at the bet365 Stadium. However it was Stoke who took the lead early on when Pieters' cross was diverted into his own net by Mata. The goal was initially credited to Pieters before being quickly changed to an own goal. However, as the live scoring feed does not award assists for own goals, this was also added on Saturday evening.

West Brom 2 Sunderland 0
Goal: Chris Brunt
Assist: Nacer Chadli

West Brom comfortably dispatched relegation-threatened Sunderland 2-0 at the Hawthorns, sending the visitors to the bottom of the table. West Brom winger Brunt put the hosts 2-0 up after he followed up a shot from Chadli which rebounded off the bar, lashing the ball into the net from the edge of the area. Rebounds off the woodwork is another instance which does not result in an assist being awarded by the live scoring feed, so this too was subsequently added manually.

Man City 1 Tottenham 0
Goal: Leroy Sane
Assists: Kevin De Bruyne

In the clash of the weekend, Sane scored the first of four second-half goals as the spoils were shared at the Etihad. A long ball was De Bruyne caught out Hugo Lloris, with the goalkeeper attempting a headed clearance - only for the ball to skim off his head to Sane, who controlled the ball and passed the ball into the empty net. As the contact from the goalkeeper was not in the form of a punch or kicked clearance, then the assist stands. In any case, the contact from Lloris did not divert the ball significantly from its initial path, so the assist would have been awarded even if the same intervention came from a defender.

Man City 2 Tottenham 0
Goal: Kevin De Bruyne
Assist: Raheem Sterling

City doubled their lead after another mistake by Lloris. A cross from the right by Sterling was claimed by the Tottenham keeper, only for the ball to spill out of his grasp, allowing De Bruyne to tap the ball home. As the live scoring feed does not allocate assists for goalkeeping parries, this was added manually after the game.

Man City 2 Tottenham 1
Goal: Dele Alli
Assist: Kyle Walker

Spurs halved the deficit when Walker's cross was headed in by Alli, via a slight deflection off defender Aleksandar Kolarov. However, as the flick-on from Kolorov didn't affect the direction of the ball on a horizontal plane (and also very little effect on a vertical plane), Alli essentially received the ball exactly where he would have done without the deflection, so the assist was duly awarded to Walker.

Southampton 3 Leicester 0
Goal: Dusan Tadic
Assist: Shane Long

Leicester have now fallen to successive 3-0 defeats after they were comfortably beaten by Southampton at St. Mary’s. Tadic rounded off the scoring from the penalty spot after substitute Long was bundled over in the box. As the live scoring feed does not award assists for penalties, this was added manually after all of Sunday's games were completed.

Arsenal 1 Burnley 1
Goal: Andre Gray
Assist: Ashley Barnes

Alexis Sanchez scored a 98th minute Panenka penalty to secure a win for 10-man Arsenal against Burnley at the Emirates. Gray scored the first of two injury time penalty goals after Barnes was adjudged to have been fouled by Francis Coquelin. Again, as the live scoring feed does not award assists for penalties, this was later added manually.

Arsenal 2 Burnley 1
Goal: Alexis Sanchez
Assist: Laurent Kocielny

In a final late twist, Sanchez scored from the spot after a high challenge from Ben Mee on Koscielny was deemed an offence. As above, the assist for Koscielny was subsequently added manually.


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