Assists Explained - Week 26

9th February 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.

Arsenal 0 Watford 2
Goal: Troy Deeney
Assist: Etienne Capoue

In the biggest shock of the week, Arsenal’s title hopes took a massive blow as they were beaten at home to Watford. The Hornets found themselves two goals up within the first quarter of an hour after Capoue’s shot was parried by Petr Cech to Deeney, who scored directly from the follow-up. As the live scoring feed does not award assists for goalkeeping parries, this was added manually shortly after all of Tuesday's games were completed.

Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 1
Goal: Scott Dann
Assist: Damien Delaney

Crystal Palace secured their first victory under manager Sam Allardyce as they beat Bournemouth 2-0 at the Vitality Stadium. Centre-backs Dann and Delaney teamed up for the opening goal, with the latter's header from a Jason Puncheon cross being prodded in by the former. A double assist was considered, but as the initial cross was outswinging and going almost directly across the pitch before Delaney's header gave the ball forward momentum, the assist was solely awarded to the Irishman.

Middlesbrough 1 West Brom 1
Goal: Alvaro Negredo
Assist: No assist

Middlesbrough came back from a goal down to claim a point against West Brom at the Riverside Stadium. Boro levelled through an Alvaro Negredo penalty after the Spainish striker had been fouled in the box by Gareth McAuley. As it is not possible to assist your own goal, no assist was awarded as a result.

Liverpool 0 Chelsea 1
Goal: David Luiz
Assists: No assist

Liverpool fought back from a goal down to earn a point against the Premier League leaders, Chelsea, but have Simon Mignolet to thank after saving a Diego Costa penalty late on. However, the opening goal of the game came when a quickly-taken free-kick from Luiz caught the Reds keeper off guard and squeezed inside the post. As the goal was the result of a direct free-kick, no assist was awarded.

Liverpool 1 Chelsea 1
Goal: Georginio Wijnaldum
Assist: James Milner

Liverpool levelled after a long ball found Milner at the far post, whose header was then inadvertently flicked-on by Victor Moses to Wijnaldum, who scored from close range. Although the defensive intervention meant that the assist was not awarded by the live scoring feed, Milner made contact with the ball level with the six-yard box, while Moses and Wijnaldum both made contact just outside, meaning that the change of direction on the horizontal plane was slight - and the change of direction on a vertical plane (height) is not taken into account when determining assists. As a result, it was decided to award the assist to Milner.

West Ham 0 Man City 2
Goal: David Silva
Assist: Leroy Sane

Man City ran rampant at the London Stadium for the second time in the space of a couple of weeks as they beat West Ham 4-0. Silva doubled the lead when he tapped in from close range after goalkeeper Darren Randolph parried Sane's cross/shot. As the live scoring feed does not award assists following goalkeeper parries, this was added after all of Wednesday's matches were completed.

West Ham 0 Man City 4
Goal: Yaya Toure
Assist: Raheem Sterling

Toure completed the scoring from the spot after Sterling was fouled in the area. Again, as the live scoring feed does not award assists for penalties, this was also added manually.

Stoke 1 Everton 1
Goal: Ryan Shawcross o.g.
Assist: Seamus Coleman

Peter Crouch scored his 100th Premier Leaguen goal as Everton fought back from a goal down to rescue a point against Stoke. Although Everton's equalizer was initially credited to Coleman, it was officially overturned as an own goal later on in the game. However, as Coleman was the player who provided the shot which resulted in the own goal, he was duly awarded the assist.

Chelsea 1 Arsenal 0
Goal: Marcos Alonso
Assist: Diego Costa

Arsenal are now 12 points behind Chelsea after back-to-back defeats leaves them in third position. The league leaders went 1-0 up in the 13th minute when Alonso followed up a Costa effort that rebounded off the crossbar. As the live scoring feed does not award assists for rebounds off the woodwork, this was added manually after all of Saturday's matches were completed.

Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin was substituted shortly after this goal, but as he failed to play the 45 minutes required for a defender appearance point, scored minus one point.

Chelsea 2 Arsenal 0
Goal: Eden Hazard
Assist: Diego Costa

Hazard doubled Chelsea’s lead and killed off any chance of an Arsenal resurgence shortly after half-time. The Belgian latched onto Costa's knock-down on the half-way line before embarking on a solo run which ended with a cool finish. Again, no assist was awarded by the live scoring tool (possibly because Hazard received the ball so far away from goal) and was also added manually.

Crystal Palace 0 Sunderland 1
Goal: Lamine Kone
Assist: Billy Jones

Sunderland shocked former manager Sam Allardyce with a 4-0 thumping of the Eagles at Selhurst Park. Their first came from centre-back Kone, who reacted first after his initial effort was dropped by goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey under pressure from Jones and back to Kone who scored at the second attempt. On closer inspection of replays, Hennessey dropped the ball onto Jones' head, so although somewhat fortuitous, Jones was duly awarded the assist as the last pass to the goalscorer.

Everton 2 Bournemouth 0
Goal: James McCarthy
Assist: Romelu Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku ran rampant against Bournemouth after his four goals helped Everton to a 6-3 victory at Goodison Park. Everton scored their second when Lukaku's cross was turned in by McCarthy at the second attempt. As the ball from Lukaku was a clean pass to McCarthy and the subsequent block from a defender came after the goalscorer had already received the ball, Lukaku receives the assist by virtue of the "last pass to goalscorer" rule.

Hull 1 Liverpool 0
Goal: Alfred N'Diaye
Assist: Harry Maguire

Hull pulled off the shock result of the weekend as they condemned Liverpool to a fifth winless Premier League match in succession after beating them 2-0. The opening goal came in very similar circumstances to the aforementioned Sunderland goal - keeper Simon Mignolet failed to claim a header from Maguire under pressure from Abel Hernandez, dropping the ball for N'Diaye to score his first goal for the club. However, unlike for the Sunderland goal, there was no evidence of Hernandez getting a touch on the ball, so it was Maguire who was the sole beneficiary of the assist following the goalkeeper's parry.

Southampton 1 West Ham 3
Goal: Mark Noble
Assist: No assist

West Ham moved into the top half of the Premier League after coming from behind to beat Southampton at St. Mary’s. Noble scored the last of their three goals from a direct free-kick - in contrast to penalties, no assists are awarded to the player fouled (in this case Robert Snodgrass) leading up to a direct free-kick being scored.

Watford 2 Burnley 1
Goal: Ashley Barnes
Assist: No assist

Burnley’s miserable away record continued after recent Watford signing M'Baye Niang scored and assisted on his home debut. Ten-man Burnley gained a consolation goal when Barnes converted from the spot after a long range strike from Joey Barton was handled by Sebastian Prodl. However, as Prodl was not the last man (and therefore only resulted in a yellow card), no assist was awarded.

Tottenham 1 Middlesbrough 0
Goal: Harry Kane
Assist: Heung-Min Son

Tottenham reduced Chelsea’s lead to nine points and moved back into second spot with a 1-0 win at home to Middlesbrough. Kane scored the only goal of the game from the spot after Son was tripped in the area. As no assists are awarded by the live scoring feed for penalties, this was added manually shortly after the match had concluded.

Man City 1 Swansea 0
Goal: Gabriel Jesus
Assist: Raheem Sterling

Manchester City left it late after Jesus’ injury time goal saw them eventually beat Swansea 2-1 at the Etihad on Sunday. Manchester City got an early goal when the in-form Brazilian reacted first after Sterling was initially denied. Although the final touch was inadvertent from Sterling's arm, intention is irrelevant in determining assists, so the City winger was duly awarded two points as a result.

Man City 2 Swansea 1
Goal: Gabriel Jesus
Assist: David Silva

Jesus scored his second goal of the game in injury time, slotting home from Silva's cross at the second attempt. Like Everton's second goal explained above, the defensive intervention came after the goalscorer had already received the ball, so the assist stands in accordance with the "last pass to goalscorer" rule. In any case, the intervention on this occasion came from the goalkeeper as opposed to a defender, so this would not have removed the assist even had it come prior to Jesus receiving the ball.


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