Robbie Savage and Martin Keown disagreed as Crysencio Summerville was awarded a first-minute Leeds United penalty against Bournemouth.
Chris Sutton flip-flopped as his BT Sport colleagues landed strongly on either side as the young Dutch winger, who went on to score a dramatic late winner once again, went down under a challenge from Marcos Senesi inside 50 seconds.
Savage called it a “huge moment” as Rodrigo sent the keeper the wrong way to convert, but couldn’t have predicted what was to come in a game where a debated penalty inside a minute was almost relegated to a footnote, but Keown was unhappy with the award and Sutton accused Summerville of a dive.
Speaking live on BT Sport Score during the game on Saturday (5 November, 3.02pm) Sutton reacted to a replay of the incident with: “It looks a soft one. He dives!”
Savage disagreed: “I think it’s a penalty because I think the defender’s the wrong side. Summerville uses his pace, he goes with his left foot and I think he catches him with his right. I think it’s a penalty, that one won’t be overturned.”
After the goal was scored Sutton added: “I’d like to see it again. I’m not sure there was enough contact. Summerville gets the wrong side. I’ve got to say though Senesi looks guilty doesn’t he when he gets up? Doesn’t really protest, so I might change my mind.”
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Peter Walton said that it was “never going to be overturned by VAR” and was the “right decision” while Savage doubled down that it was a “stonewall penalty”.
Martin Keown however said: “I think the Leeds player is actually reaching, he’s out of control. I don’t think that’s a [penalty]. VAR, we don’t want them involved so they don’t want to get involved without clear and obvious that it’s not a pen, but if that was given against me I’d be really unhappy.”
The action was turned up virtually to maximum from the first whistle to the last on a day where emotions fluctuated wildly.
It was on the softer side of penalty awards but was the kind of decision that so often hasn’t been given to the Whites, and the visitors can hardly complain too much given that they overcame it and had the game in their hands.
An early lead looked like the perfect platform to complete a much-needed second consecutive win, but the manager would have been furious to see his side capitulate so badly immediately after the opening goal.
The defence was pretty awful throughout, and got no protection from the deep midfielders, with only a goal line clearance from Pascal Struijk and some crucial Illan Meslier saves preventing it being worse than 3-1 before Leeds United woke up again.
Marsch brought on Sam Greenwood and the youngster changed the game with a beauty curled in from outside the box to pull one back, then a deep corner that found his captain to equalise.
Fellow under-21s Summerville and Wilfried Gnonto then took over to finish the job off as the Italy international surged forward on the counter and slipped his teammate in for the winner.
Two weeks running the winger has sparked scenes of wild celebration, and is looking like a real gem for the club.
His early penalty win may have had a few questions, but there were absolutely none about the late finish.
In other Leeds United news, Gary Lineker was stunned by what he saw in the mayhem at Elland Road.