Assists Explained - Week 23

18th 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.

Tottenham 2 West Brom 0
Goal: Gareth McAuley o.g.
Assist: Christian Eriksen

Tottenham moved up to second in the Premier League table after a Harry Kane hat-trick saw West Brom thrashed 4-0 at White Hart Lane. For the second goal, Eriksen’s shot from the edge of the area took a slight deflection off West Brom defender Jonas Olsson before a further intervention from McAuley ensured that goalkeeper Ben Foster was wrong-footed and allowed the ball to go into the net. The goal was officially classed as a McAuley own goal, and while the initial shot took a slight deflection off Olsson, the ball was already heading in the general direction of McAuley and difficult to determine the significance of this first deflection. For this reason, Eriksen was awarded the benefit of the doubt and an assist was awarded.

Burnley 1 Southampton 0
Goal: Joey Barton
Assist: No assist

Barton, in his first Premier League appearance for Burnley, scored the winner in a 1-0 victory over Southampton at Turf Moor, just five minutes after coming on as substitute through a direct free-kick. Unlike penalties, no assists are awarded to the player fouled leading up to the free-kick.

Hull 0 Bournemouth 1
Goal: Junior Stanislas
Assist: Ryan Fraser

New Hull manager Marco Silva guided the Tigers to victory in his first Premier League match as they moved off the bottom of the table after fighting back against Bournemouth. The south coast side took an early lead through a Stanislas penalty after Fraser was fouled by Harry Maguire. As the live scoring feed does not award assists for penalties, the assist for Fraser was added manually after all of Saturday's matches were completed.

Hull 3 Bournemouth 1
Goal: Tyrone Mings o.g.
Assists: Tom Huddlestone

Hull scored their third goal in reply when a Huddlestone shot from the edge of the penalty box rebounded off Mings and into the Bournemouth goal. Similar to penalties, the live scoring feed does not award assists for own goals so the assist for Huddlestone was added manually on Saturday evening.

Sunderland 0 Stoke 1
Goal: Marko Arnautovic
Assist: Xherdan Shaqiri

An Arnautovic brace and a Peter Crouch header secured a 3-1 win for Stoke as Sunderland fell to a sixth Premier League home defeat. The Austrian international gave Stoke the lead on the quarter hour mark, collecting a long ball from Shaqiri before scoring at the second attempt. Although Arnautovic's first shot was saved, this does not remove the assist as he had already received the last pass (to him, the goalscorer) - the precise definition of an assist.

Swansea 0 Arsenal 1
Goal: Olivier Giroud
Assist: No assist

Two Swansea own goals helped Arsenal to thrash Swansea 4-0 at the Liberty Stadium, giving new manager Paul Clement a first home game to forget. Arsenal made the breakthrough shortly before half-time when a shot from Mesut Ozil was deflected to Giroud via defender Alfie Mawson and the Frenchman scored with his usual aplomb. As Mawson's intervention most certainly caused a significant change of direction, no assist was awarded a result.

Swansea 0 Arsenal 2
Goal: Jack Cork o.g.
Assist: Alex Iwobi

The first of the two own goals saw Iwobi’s strike loop over Fabianski via a heavy deflection off Swansea man Jack Cork. The goal was initially credited to Iwobi before quickly reverting to an own goal.

Swansea 0 Arsenal 3
Goal: Kyle Naughton o.g.
Assist: Alex Iwobi

The second own goal resulted in another cross from Iwobi which was subsequently put into his own net by Naughton.

Swansea 0 Arsenal 4
Goal: Alexis Sanchez
Assist: No assist

For Arsenal's fourth, Aaron Ramsey harried Wayne Routledge into inadvertently deflecting a cross from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain into the path of Sanchez, who made no mistake in scoring from close range. As there was no evidence of a touch from Ramsey, no assist was awarded.

Man Utd 0 Liverpool 1
Goal: James Milner
Assist: No assist

A late headed goal from Zlatan Ibrahimovic secured a 1-1 draw for Manchester United against old foes Liverpool at Old Trafford. Liverpool took the lead from the spot after Paul Pogba handled the ball in the area. As the offence was not a goal-line clearance, no assist was awarded for the spot-kick subsequently scored by Milner.


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