BT Sports panel disagree on major Tyler Adams incident in Leeds United clash v Newcastle
Jermaine Jenas and Chris Sutton believe Leeds were lucky after Tyler Adams’ “clumsy” challenge in the draw with Newcastle, but Robbie Savage disagreed.
The Whites held the Magpies to a 0-0 draw in the first-half, but the home side wanted a penalty late in the first half when Adams took down Fabian Schar inside the penalty area with an accidental trip.
Both Jenas and Sutton reacted to the incident live on BT Sport Score (31 December, 15:44) and said they felt a penalty should have been awarded, but Savage and former referee Peter Walton felt it was the right decision to give nothing.
“I’ve looked at it a few times and I can understand why the referee hasn’t given it, but the more I see it,” Jenas said.
“I think what Tyler Adams is trying to do, it’s Fabian Schar going down the right hand side, great run, he goes into the box, and Tyler Adams sees the run and he goes there to kind of stand up and guide him towards the touchline.
“But as he plants his leg, he clips Fabian Schar and he goes down. Tyler Adams stays on his feet and looks like he’s in control, but I think it was a bit clumsy. I think it was a bit clumsy from Adams myself.”
“Yeah I think it’s a penalty, I do,” Sutton said when asked his opinion. I don’t think Schar in any way initiates contact. He pushes the ball past Adams and Eddie Howe will be furious with that I think.”
Former Premier League referee Walton didn’t agree though, suggesting it was just a coming together.
“It’s a fair shout for a penalty kick and because the players are travelling at speed he thinks it’s a coming together,” he said.
“But the new referee manager Howard Webb wants his officials to be inconspicuous and that’s the right decision. It’s a good thing for football.”
“I agree with Peter, that’s not a foul,” Savage chimed in. “I don’t think that’s a foul.”
It certainly would have been a harsh penalty to be awarded had it been, but it wouldn’t be the first time we’ve seen a decision like that go against us so it’s surprising still.
Adams is just stronger and more aggressive and while he doesn’t win the ball, he doesn’t make any proper contact with Schar and in a contact sport, just making contact isn’t enough to make it a foul.
The team defended really well throughout the game and showed how much they’ve improved in the last year under Marsch, even if they are sometimes less exciting than they were under Marcelo Bielsa.
The important thing is the result, as Newcastle were a team flying into the new year and with the home crowd behind them they would have been expecting a win against a struggling Leeds side.
But we dug in and showed great spirit throughout the 90 minutes, and can be thankful of having a great young goalkeeper between the sticks too.
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