West Bromwich Albion secured a 1-0 home Premier League victory over Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday as the visitors missed two penalties and were controversially denied a goal by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).
Brighton spurned the opportunity to equalise minutes later when midfielder Pascal Gross‘s penalty cannoned off the crossbar after VAR adjudged that Okay Yokuslu had handled the ball in the West Brom box.
Lewis Dunk found the net with a quick free kick that caught West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone off guard, but after a long delay in which referee Lee Mason disallowed and then allowed the goal, the Brighton skipper’s effort was chalked off by the VAR.
The league later confirmed that the decision to award Brighton the goal was overturned as the referee’s whistle had been blown a second time before the ball had crossed the line.
“The referee blew his whistle he said to speak to someone in the wall, there was a bit of pushing,” Bartley told Sky Sports.
“There was a bit of confusion but Lee Mason dealt with it well and came to the right conclusion. It was confusing, I don’t think it would have been right for them to score like that.
“We need to win games, whoever it is, we need to put points on the board.”