By Pranav Shahaney

2nd Oct, 2021 | 7:10pm

Michael Owen claims Watford goal was correctly ruled out

Michael Owen believes that Christian Kabasele’s goal against Leeds United was rightly ruled out.

The Whites were hanging on to a slender 1-0 lead and almost had their hearts in their mouths when Kabasele found the back of the net after Illan Meslier failed to hold on to the ball.

However, the strike was ruled out by the VAR as the Watford player was deemed to have pushed Liam Cooper to get to the ball.

Discussing this controversy on Premier League Productions’ post-match show, Owen said, “Initially I thought that’s fine. But then having looked at it with the VAR, I think it was a foul. Watford will be frustrated to see that one disallowed.”

Right call?

We’ve known Meslier to be a calm and composed figure both with his hands as well as his feet.

He’s pulled off blinders in the past and has been so pivotal in Leeds’ build-up from the back.

Thus, watching him spill the ball in that manner on Saturday was extremely shocking and thankfully, it did not cost them anything.

After looking at the replay, Kabasele did get him from the back so we think it was the right call to rule out the goal.

Cooper was stood there with his eyes firmly on the ball and was unfairly pushed by the Watford player.

However, what matters is the result and Bielsa will be delighted to have picked up his first win of the Premier League campaign.

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