Darren Bent has told Quest’s coverage of the Carabao Cup second round that Jetro Willems’ dive in the build up to Yoshinori Muto’s goal for Newcastle United against Leicester City was “shocking” and should not have counted.
Newcastle went a goal behind to Leicester after in-form James Maddison had given Brendan Rodgers’ side the lead. A long ball forward saw Steve Bruce’s outfit get the equaliser in the second half. Leicester eventually won on penalties.
Emil Krafth’s ball forward saw Willems control superbly on his chest, before going to ground somewhat theatrically under the challenge of Leicester defender Ricardo Pereira. Replays showed that contact was minimal.
The ball ricocheted to Japan international Muto who tapped home, but former Sunderland striker Bent has claimed that Newcastle’s goal should not have counted because of Willems’ dive – and the Dutch leftie should have been shown a yellow card.
“Because he has dived, the referee has got to stop the play there and book him, because it is dissent at the end of the day,” Bent said. “It’s a dive and the goal should not have counted. It’s the most flamboyant dive I’ve ever seen.
“It’s shocking. We’re trying to get it out of the game. For me, it shouldn’t have counted.”
TBR’s view – Bent is right, Willems deserved punishment
It was just a bit ridiculours. Willems’ decision to fling himself in the air at the crucial moment is somewhat bewildering in itself, but for their to be almost zero contact makes Willems’ decision to go dwn simply baffling.
A yellow card should have been awarded to Willems, and the goal should not have stood. Eventually, it did not affect the result as Leicester progressed after misses from Isaac Hayden and Jonjo Shelvey in the penalty shootout.