Premier League: Swansea lose to West Brom as Roland Lamah strike is ruled out
Last Updated: March 12, 2013 10:40am
Furious Swansea City were controversially condemned to a 2-1 defeat by West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns after a late effort was wrongly disallowed.
Best of the Game
- Man of the Match: Romelu Lukaku had scored and dominated, although he did fail with a penalty
- Goal of the Match: Swansea striker Luke Moore's header against his former club was a fine glancing effort
- Controversy of the Match: The decision to disallow Roland Lamah's late effort for offside was an incorrect call
- Talking Point: Can West Brom finish in the top six of the Premier League? Does the mistake by match officials reinforce the calls for technology?
Capital One Cup winners Swansea had taken the lead through former Baggies player Luke Moore's second goal in two games.
But Romelu Lukaku's fourth goal in three matches levelled the scores before half-time prior to the on-loan Chelsea striker seeing a penalty saved by Michel Vorm after the break.
Jonathan De Guzman's own goal then proved to be the winner but Swansea were furious after a last-gasp Roland Lamah strike was incorrectly ruled out for offside.
Swansea had started in confident fashion and Michu missed an early opportunity to break the deadlock when poking Pablo Hernandez's cross over the crossbar.
It then came as no surprise when Moore celebrated his first start since Boxing Day by opening the scoring against his former club with a glancing header from De Guzman's corner.
But Albion hit back and Lukaku levelled after 40 minutes with his 13th goal of the campaign after meeting Graham Dorrans' low cross.
But Lukaku blotted his copybook after Albion were awarded a 56th minute penalty for a challenge on James Morrison by Wayne Routledge just inside the box, with the poor spot-kick saved by Vorm.
The Baggies, though, were not to be denied and an own goal from De Guzman put them ahead four minutes later.
Swansea substitute Lamah then had the ball in the net in the 87th minute but it was ruled out for offside, although the ball appeared to hit defender Gareth McAuley.
After the match, Laudrup was left less than impressed with the decision and accused match officials of not knowing the rules.
He told Sky Sports: "What I do not understand is our disallowed goal. That is not a decision in football, it is a rule. You can never be offside if you receive the ball from an opponent."
Laudrup also said: "Frustration is when you see a disallowed goal like this, because someone, obviously, I do not know, they do not know the rules, or whatever."
And Steve Clarke admitted his West Brom side had been fortunate not to concede the late equaliser.
He said: "We got a break at the end, because the Swansea goal that would have made it 2-2 was not offside. It came off Ben Foster last.
"But sometimes when you put as much effort and quality into the game, you get a little break."
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|10||West Ham United||37||43|
|20||Queens Park Rangers||37||25|
West Brom v Swansea
Steve Clarke thought West Brom's victory over Swansea was 'important' in setting up a push for Europe.
Matt Le Tissier stresses that Swansea were denied a point as Roland Lamah's effort was ruled out for offside after a mistake by the referee's assistant.
West Brom manager Steve Clarke admits beating Swansea was an important win for the club.