Bernard won't get credit for assist against Leicester

Tuesday, 9 October, 2018 47comments  |  Jump to last

Bernard's sterling work in creating the opening goal for Richarlison in last Saturday's win over Leicester won't go down as an assist after all.

The Brazilian's jinking run to the byline and cross ended with his compatriot converting confidently from just outside the six-yard box, a combination that looks as though it could be a profitable outlet for Marco Silva's side this season.

The Premier League have ruled, however, that the small touch that goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel got on the ball that helped it on to Richarlison negates it as an official assist.

It was Bernard's second start for the Blues following his full debut against Southampton in the League Cup the previous Tuesday and the free transfer from Shakhtar Donetsk is demonstrating what an important signing he could prove to be for Marco Silva.  

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Mike Allison
1 Posted 09/10/2018 at 19:06:17
Daft. What’s the point counting assists if brilliantly creating a goal out of nothing doesn’t count?!

Will an assist be given for the pass to Sigurdsson?

Bill Watson
2 Posted 09/10/2018 at 19:08:32
I suppose they're correct as Schmeichel did get a hand on the cross. Nevertheless, without Bernard's run, and cross, there wouldn't have been a goal.

I'll take those all day long!

Steve Ferns
3 Posted 09/10/2018 at 19:11:58
Ridiculous, but I doubt Bernard will care unless he has an assist bonus.
David Harrison
4 Posted 09/10/2018 at 19:14:36
Here's to many more non-assists from the little maestro
Sam Barrett
5 Posted 09/10/2018 at 19:15:39
Who gives a flying fuck?

Everyone who was at the game on Saturday knows Bernard “tore Leicester apart”. Ask Leicester's right back, but I suspect he's still in a bit of a daze.

Joe O'Brien
6 Posted 09/10/2018 at 19:16:53
He'll get plenty more before the end of the season.

A bit of advice please, I'm heading over for the Palace match but the flight back to Ireland is from Manchester at 9... would a train from Lime Street be too tight or would it be best to taxi it?

Brent Stephens
7 Posted 09/10/2018 at 19:23:38
That's it, then. Bernard's contribution was crap.
Tony Abrahams
8 Posted 09/10/2018 at 19:23:58
If Palace is a 4pm kick-off, Joe, the game won't finish until ten to six, mate. I'd deffo get a cab to be on the safe side, and also make sure you are out of the match just before the final whistle, unless you can pre-book one and sort it out with the driver.
Brent Stephens
9 Posted 09/10/2018 at 19:32:00
Joe, as Tony says - taxi.

18:14 Liverpool Lime Street arrives Manchester Airport at 19:30.
And you'd need to get from Goodison to Lime Street first. Too tight.

You might start asking on ToffeeWeb whether there any match-going fans who drive towards South Manchester after the match and who'd be prepared to give you a lift.

Tony Everan
10 Posted 09/10/2018 at 19:44:35
What joker is making these rules up?

It was one of the best and most creative assists of the season!

Dermot Byrne
11 Posted 09/10/2018 at 19:49:31
Good. Keep Barcelona looking at his stats.
Bill Watson
12 Posted 09/10/2018 at 19:50:19
Joe; I get the 501 to Lime Street (from just further up from the Everton One shop). You'd be very lucky to get to Lime Street in time to catch an 18:14 train.

I usually make it in about 30 odd minutes albeit I have to get round from Gwladys Street Upper and I never leave before the final whistle.

Drew O'Neall
13 Posted 09/10/2018 at 21:03:17
Joe, I’d spend a bit of time ringing round to find a Taxi firm who’ll prebook and come to Goodison at that time. The alternative is you get the bus back to Lime St from Walton Lane, opposite the Fanzone but you’ll want to be out of the ground before the final whistle and on your toes lively to get on the first one.
Roger Sunde
14 Posted 09/10/2018 at 21:08:35
And Zouma got assist for Gylfi's stunner, makes sense.
Ian Hollingworth
15 Posted 09/10/2018 at 23:26:31
Well, that's exactly why we should take no notice at all of these stats.
Anton Walsh
16 Posted 09/10/2018 at 23:34:37
To be fair it was schmeichel who done most of the creative work.
Bob Hannigan
17 Posted 10/10/2018 at 00:17:48
It is unfortunate that technically Bernard didn't register the assist but he knows what we all know that he was an enormous contributor on the play and the ball ended up in the back of the net. Great job, lad; keep it up.
Simon Smith
18 Posted 10/10/2018 at 00:34:03
Nothing new here, lads, Bernard's brilliance made the goal but it wasn't directly from his foot to Richarlison.

Many goals are created by someone other than the man who is credited with the assist; how many times have you seen a player be the main orchestrator of a goal before giving it to a man who makes a 3-yard pass to a forward who taps in?

Like Sam says in comment 5, we all know Bernard tore Leicester a new one. Saturday, a new star was born and we all bear witness to it; long may he flourish.

Joe O'Brien
19 Posted 09/10/2018 at 00:49:24
Tony & Brent cheers lads. Yeah was thinking the same. Saucy fair, better than missing the flight tho.

Can't wait for the match, once this boring and nervy (injury wise) international break is over. Thanks again.

Joe O'Brien
20 Posted 10/10/2018 at 01:17:34
Cheers Bill and Drew... hopefully we'll have put the result to bed before the final whistle because no way will I be leaving if we're pushing for the winner. Ryanair have stopped the flight leaving from Liverpool at 8 Sunday evening... pure disaster for the 4pm Sunday matches.

Thanks again for the advice. Much appreciated.

Jamie Sweet
21 Posted 10/10/2018 at 02:03:16
I'm surprised by this. Yes, Kasper got a touch, but it didn't significantly alter the flight of the ball, and the ball still ultimately landed where it was intended to.

While it doesn't really matter, people do place quite a lot of significance on stats these days, and it does seem crazy that Bernard's contribution now doesn't get any recognition as an assist, yet Zouma's ball to Sigurdsson does. Kurt hardly laid it on a plate for him, did he?!

Loving the fact we've suddenly been given the pleasure of watching two top quality Brazilians, by the way.

Those painful memories of watching a team managed by Sam Allardyce are starting to fade...

Victor Yu
22 Posted 10/10/2018 at 02:14:18

So an aimless long punt by a centre-back that Walcott chases down and scores would be counted as an assist? Meanwhile, a good cross won't result in an assist if the keeper gets a touch?

Karl Meighan
23 Posted 10/10/2018 at 05:21:05
It's just nice to have a player who can go past opponents, get his head up, and more often than not find his man.

I take it the ball he played to Sigurdsson in the Fulham game counts as an assist? One a game – he's on a roll, the little magician.

Bob Parrington
24 Posted 10/10/2018 at 06:22:51
The Premier League shows it is possible to have plenty of money but be absolutely brain dead. Of course it was Bernard's assist. The goalie just tried to intervene.

OMG, these guys are fuck-wits!

Bobby Mallon
25 Posted 10/10/2018 at 07:14:05
That then should mean every deflected goal is an own goal. No.
David Donnellan
26 Posted 10/10/2018 at 07:20:06
That is why stats don't tell the whole story & they shouldn't be taken as gospel to judge a player on.

Whether Schmeichel got a faint touch or not, that goal was totally crafted by Bernard, the fact that all Schmeichel could do was flick at it, shows how good a cross it was.

The guy is pure class and I couldn't believe it when I heard that we had signed him. The guy has natural talent & ability, even the red shite don't have anyone in their side that is as comfortable on the ball as he is!
Bollocks to the stats, we all know what he did on Saturday. I think I will enjoy watching the samba boys this season!

Tony Abrahams
27 Posted 10/10/2018 at 07:35:42
I wonder if Zouma will get given an assist for Sigurdson's goal?
Andy Osborne
28 Posted 10/10/2018 at 07:47:44
Not that stats matter too much, we all know who created the goal, whether or not it is officially recognised.

But I do feel there should be more flexibility in the "assist" stat. For example, I don't think Zouma deserves the assist for Sigurdsson's goal; with individual goals like that the goal scorer should also get the assist. And for Richalison's goal, there should be discretion to give two assists. Schmeichel's slight touch wouldn't have happened if Bernard hadn't crossed it.

On the flip side, I am pretty sure Schmeichel doesn't want the assist, which I assume he has now been given, so maybe he should be able to decline it and the assist is transferred to Bernard.

But, like I said, it doesn't really matter, the only stat that is important is 2-1.

Kim Vivian
29 Posted 10/10/2018 at 07:51:55
You can tell who plays Fantasy Football on here. As Steve (@3) says – will Bernard care? I think not – but anyone with a brain knows that was an assist. However, that's no good if you're looking for your FFL points!
Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
30 Posted 10/10/2018 at 08:42:32
Everyone here is amazed that he is not being credited with the assist but you seem to have missed the major issue.

Why on earth is the FA spending money paying people to look at all of these incidents and making decisions? Oh wait, I know. It is probably because people have placed a bet on it.

Are the betting industry paying for this utter waste of time from the FA? Better they spend the money on supporting the betting industry than running football at grass roots.

And did the FA get a call from a few of the big betting firms saying that there is £100,000 riding on this as a lot of Evertonians have bet on Bernard getting an assist and so if you rule it out, there is £15,000 in it for you.

Tony Waring
31 Posted 10/10/2018 at 09:57:01
Stats! Who the hell cares about them?

I cannot believe that someone introduced "goals expected" – on Match of the Day, I think! Have they nothing better to do with their time?

Victor Yu
32 Posted 10/10/2018 at 10:44:06
If Bernard gets a bonus for getting an assist, then I am sure he cares (it could have cost him a few hundred pounds if that's the case).
Daniel Lim
33 Posted 10/10/2018 at 11:21:30

If there is an assist bonus in his contract, I guess the club will give him that.

Tony J Williams
34 Posted 10/10/2018 at 13:08:19
Couldn't give a squirrel's left nut... ball ended up in the onion bag anyway.

Opta stats and dodgy bookies can suck my tube as long as we score goals and win games.

Si Cooper
36 Posted 10/10/2018 at 16:39:00
I'm not massively bothered but, like Bobby Mallon has posted, it doesn't square with the way they judge own goals.

If it doesn't matter that a large deflection of an ‘on-target' attempt on goal makes it less likely that the goalkeeper will save it, then a slight deflection on a cross shouldn't be a factor either.

I'm no longer surprised by the lack of consistency on these things but it is like an annoying itch you can't scratch.

Davie Turner
37 Posted 10/10/2018 at 19:56:57
Kim @29,

The Premier League fantasy football rules for assists rule if a player crosses in the box deflections don't discount the assist. Thankfully not retroactive points removal either.

In the real world, he assisted; great play. He could be one of the best signings we ever make, the quality the boy has is worth the entrance fee alone.

John Raftery
38 Posted 10/10/2018 at 20:48:11
It is good that stuff like this is keeping somebody busy.
Andy Crooks
39 Posted 10/10/2018 at 20:52:28
Phil K, interesting post.
Brian Porter
40 Posted 11/10/2018 at 07:12:14
Lunatics in charge of the asylum at Premier League HQ. So what's new? If you extrapolate this decision to its fullest, logical conclusion, it means that in future, any shot that the goalkeeper gets a hand, or even a fingertip to on its way into the net, must count as an own goal by the keeper. Imagine the furore if that happened!
Stan Schofield
41 Posted 11/10/2018 at 08:59:09
There's so much money in football that corruption is probably rife. I suspect that Phil @30 has hit a nail on the head.
Joe Clitherow
42 Posted 11/10/2018 at 11:57:28
Joe O'Brien,

I drive back to Wilmslow after the match but not from the match directly. I am only 15 mins from the airport but I think I would struggle to get you back in time anyway with delays getting to my car. I either park at my family and get a lift or park in the Priory Lane car park – the latter is quicker but it can still take ages to get out and that would be stressful!

You are best arranging a direct taxi but if really stuck let me know here or ask Michael/Lyndon to give you my email address.

ps: Even the drop-off at Manchester is £4 now!

Rob Halligan
43 Posted 11/10/2018 at 12:32:33
Remember last season, when Harry Kane was awarded a goal against Stoke, after it had initially been awarded to Eriksen, despite it being fairly obvious, to me anyway, that Kane hadn't got a touch to the ball.

Spurs appealed the decision and the Premier League then awarded the goal to Kane. Okay, Kane was in the running for the Golden Boot but that shouldn't deter the fact that the goal should have remained credited to Eriksen.

This is what the Premier League said following the review

The Premier League said in a statement: “The goal had originally been awarded to Christian Eriksen but after taking the player's testimony into account and reviewing the match footage, a three-person panel agreed the final touch on the ball belonged to Kane.”

You could look at that video a thousand times and still not be convinced Kane touched the ball, yet it is clear to everyone that Bernard should get the assist for Richarlison's goal.

Matthew Williams
45 Posted 11/10/2018 at 14:29:28
Easy, Blues! The main stat shows we got three points away from home. That's all that matters as far as the Premier League goes.

I'm still fucked off we limped out of the League Cup again though... sigh.

Peter Roberts
46 Posted 11/10/2018 at 21:57:10
Davie Turner,

I said it at the time and from what I've seen so far, I think this guy will be the signing of the season. We signed a perennial Champions League Brazilian playmaker on a free transfer.

James Lauwervine
47 Posted 12/10/2018 at 10:56:21
Some very over-the-top comments on here and conspiracy nonsense. Whatever we think about the process, stats, and the FA, the reason the assist wasn't given to Bernard is because, without the touch from Schmeichel, the ball would have been headed clear by Chilwell. That touch took it over his head to Richarlison.

On a separate and more positive note, if you have the highlight recorded from MotD, watch Sigurdsson's goal again and, if you have the facility, frame by frame advance the final replay of the celebration. I was loving watching the blues there go mental in slo-mo. It's the best thing about HDTV.

Dale Rose
48 Posted 18/10/2018 at 13:15:03
This guy is a star, pure quality, an old fashioned tricky player. Buy of the last decade.
Alan McGuffog
49 Posted 18/10/2018 at 14:02:12
The next thing will be the likes of Merson saying that he should be playing for a "big" club and how dare Everton keep him at Goodison!

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