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Wood: Goal Should Have Stood

Striker frustrated with VAR decision after extending goal streak at Leicester

19 October 2019

Chris Wood felt the Clarets had been deprived of a point-saving goal in a controversial finish at Leicester City.

Wood put Burnley in front with his fourth goal in as many games and then with the Clarets pressing for a late leveller, Jonny Evans bundled the ball into his own net under pressure from Wood, whose initial effort had been saved by Kasper Schmeichel.

City centre-back Evans looked to have no chance of clearing the ball and went to ground some distance after the two players had come together.

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But following consultation with the VAR, referee Jon Moss disallowed the goal for a foul by Wood – to the frustration of the striker and his team-mates, whose four-game unbeaten run came to an end with a 2-1 defeat.

“In my opinion it should stand,” said Wood.

“The ball has bounced off Jonny and gone in and I hear there might have been a little accidental clip of the heels. 

"A little bit of contact can be accidental. My eyes are looking at the ball, straight ahead or up, nowhere near him. When the clip happens the ball is already on the line, if not over. 

“There is no way he is getting back to clear it and is it clear and obvious enough to overrule the referee?

“In my opinion, no. I don’t think that was in the least clear and obvious and it’s frustrating.

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“I’m a big fan of VAR and it’s been brought in for a reason. When it is done right and it is clear and obvious, then ok.

“But in my opinion, if everyone doesn’t see it as clear and obvious, them it’s not clear and obvious. Hopefully it will keep on improving over the years and we can go on from here.”

Wood was a central character all afternoon on his return to the King Power Stadium, where his spell at Leicester had brought him a first Premier League goal in August, 2014.

The New Zealand international headed home a Dwight McNeil cross to put Burnley in front after 25 minutes.

Jamie Vardy’s equaliser just before the break and a Youri Tielemans’ strike 16 minutes from time ultimately gave the Foxes the win that briefly lifted them up to second place in the Premier League table.

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But Wood felt the Clarets had done enough to remain just two points behind Leicester on an afternoon the Foxes paid tribute to former owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha following his death, along with four others, in a helicopter accident almost a year ago.

He added: “I felt we did extremely well today.

“We had enough chances to get a point out of it at least. Going back to that (disallowed) one, I should probably have put it away, but Kasper made a nice save with his foot and that’s how it goes sometimes.

“We did well and on another day we will get the rub of the green and it would be a 2-2 if not a 3-2 to us.

“They are a good side at home and they are always going to have a lot of possession and we have to try and nullify that.

“I thought we defended well and just a loss of concentration in the last minute let them back into the game. If we go in 1-0 up it’s a different game, but that’s football.

“We’ve given them a game and should have got something out of it.”

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