Sunderland defender Aji Alese could really feel lucky to not have given away a penalty on the weekend of their draw in opposition to Millwall.
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Tony Mowbray’s males picked up a giant level away to the Londoners on the weekend in a sport the place the discovered themselves a aim behind.
Dennis Cirkin was the person to get his head on the ball and supply the Black Cats with a approach again into the sport for what was simply his second aim of the 2022/23 campaign.
Nonetheless, there was a penalty shout for the hosts with the Sunderland centre-back seemingly holding again Tom Bradshaw contained in the penalty space.
And talking on Sky Sports’ Ref Watch, former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher has labelled this incident as clumsy from the younger defender:
“It’s clumsy and I feel regardless of the referee does, you again him, as a result of he goes down, collectively – is there sufficient to present a penalty? The referee’s shut, he has an excellent view. Troublesome name.”
There does definitely appear to be some contact from the 22-year-old who allowed Bradshaw to show inside him regardless of having Danny Batth overlaying.
So with this in thoughts, there in all probability is a few scope for a possible penalty to be awarded in opposition to the Black Cats with the Millwall ahead happening on account of the contact.
And given the incident occurred after simply a few minutes, it’s one thing which might have definitely modified the narrative of the sport if Sunderland had discovered themselves behind so early on.
Nonetheless, there’ll seemingly be some who would really feel it will have been a gentle penalty had it been awarded by the referee.
Maybe the contact was minimal nevertheless it was sufficient to doubtlessly give the referee one thing to consider which is all the time a harmful sport to play.
Alese has performed a big role within the Sunderland facet this season since making the transfer from Millwall’s rivals, West Ham United, over the summer season.
Nonetheless, it does appear Saturday could not have been his finest show in a pink and white shirt as journalist James Hunter awarded him with only a 6/10 rating.
The teen clearly has some creating nonetheless to do and maybe this incident is one he’ll be taught from as one other referee seemingly might have interpreted it otherwise.