West Bromwich Albion: Footage of Mowatt incident won’t be pleasant viewing for Kevin Friend

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Callum Robinson provided West Bromwich Albion with the winning goal on Tuesday night but footage has emerged (originally from Sky Sports) of a possible penalty shout for the Baggies which will leave fans furious.

Steve Bruce’s men stunned the Championship leaders at The Hawthorns on Tuesday with a narrow 1-0 victory which saw them pull themselves up to 12th spot.

Should it have been a penalty?





Footage emerged on Twitter showing replays of the incident involving Alex Mowatt as he was kicked inside the box by Fulham’s Harrison Reed.

The three points on Tuesday night made it seven from a possible nine in their previous three Championship games as Bruce’s side begin to finally pick up some momentum.

Fulham did dominate the majority of possession in the Midlands, but the Baggies were good value for the points having landed five shots on Marek Rodak’s goal – with Fulham recording just one shot on target.

However, the Baggies correspondent, Joseph Masi, also feels the hosts were denied a penalty in the first half after Mowatt was taken down inside the box: “Just seen a replay that should have been a penalty…” tweeted Masi.

TIF Thoughts on the footage…

We absolutely agree with Masi and are struggling to see how the referee, Kevin Friend, came to the conclusion he did despite standing just a matter of feet away.

Not only did Mowatt get to the ball before Reed, but the Fulham man’s follow-through did collide with Mowatt’s foot whilst still in the air.

The Mowatt incident was arguably worse than the penalty given to West Brom in their previous outing against Huddersfield.

To be fair to Kevin Friend he did apologise to Steve Bruce after the game, which shows it clearly should’ve been a penalty, but luckily the Baggies managed to secure all three points.

Friend has officiated a lot of Premier League games which is certainly not a good look for the standard of refereeing and will not do his stock any favours having already been dropped from the top flight.

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