By Craig Scott

27th Dec, 2020 | 8:30pm

'I don't understand' - Bobby Zamora baffled by one incident in Leeds win v Burnley

Former West Ham striker Bobby Zamora feels Burnley were unfortunate to have a goal disallowed in their 1-0 defeat away at Leeds United on Sunday.

Patrick Bamford’s early penalty put Leeds ahead but the away side also had the ball in the back of the net in the first half through Ashley Barnes.

However, the ball crossed the line just after referee Rob Jones had blown his whistle for an adjudged foul in the build-up.

Jones thought defender Ben Mee had fouled goalkeeper Illan Meslier, who failed to deal with an aerial ball into the box before the ball dropped to Barnes.

However, replays show that Meslier was perhaps the culprit in the decision and Zamora claims Jones should have waited a second longer before blowing his whistle.

When asked how Mee felt after the incident, Zamora said on Sky Sports Main Event: “In a lot of pain I would have thought.

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“But, to be honest, he’s blown the whistle far too early.

“We said in the studio straight away: ‘Why’s he blown?’ I can’t actually see what the referee has seen or what Ben Mee has actually done wrong.”

When it was suggested that Mee jumped into Meslier, Zamora said: “He made an attempt for the ball. He can’t see the ‘keeper coming so he’s not deliberately putting the ‘keeper off so I don’t understand what he thinks.

“He’s made a mistake.”

Fortunate Leeds

Jones got the decision right to award Leeds a penalty but he completely messed up when he cancelled out Burnley’s goal.

Not only should play have been allowed to go on, it was also a foul on Meslier on Mee. If Barnes hadn’t scored, surely the Clarets would have been awarded a penalty?

We don’t like to admit stuff like this but even the most hardened of Leeds fan will find it hard to see what Jones saw in that challenge.

Sean Dyche has every right to be angry and bewildered by the officiating and the fact VAR didn’t get Jones to re-assess the incident and possibly award Burnley a penalty rather than Leeds a free-kick.

But, again, VAR hasn’t been used as it is intended and again, a Premier League referee has got a big decision wrong.

We feel a bit for Burnley in regards to that incident but Leeds defended well enough for the rest of the game to earn their win and an important three points that means safety is looking more and more likely.

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