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Aston Villa were controversially denied maximum points as Darren England, the referee, allowed a Jay Rodriguez stoppage-time equaliser to stand after the West Bromwich Albion striker had clearly bundled the ball into the net with his hands.
The South Yorkshire official consulted his assistant on the line in response to vehement protests by goalkeeper Orjan Nyland and his team-mates but did not reverse his decision, leaving Villa with a sense of injustice that replays showed was understandable.
Diving in to meet a Matt Phillips cross, with Albion throwing everything into a late bid to salvage a point, Rodriguez first headed the ball against his hand as he knocked it beyond Nyland, before touching it again as he landed to help it over the line.
“We’ve been denied three points by a goal that never should have been allowed,” Dean Smith, the Villa head coach, said. “The lad has admitted it afterwards to the cameras – I think he’s handled it twice.
“When you see a reaction like that from 11 players, you know that something is amiss. Looking at the linesman, he was in a really good position to see it. Everyone has seen it but unfortunately the people that matter haven’t. I’ve not spoken to the referee because there is no point. I can’t change it.
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