West Bromwich Albion secured a last-gasp win over Preston North End as Charlie Austin scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot in injury time – and Leeds United fans are fuming on Twitter.
West Brom dominated the first half and were unlucky not to find the back of the net, Matt Phillips coming close with a couple of efforts from the edge of the box. Daniel Johnson was denied in the second 45 by a stunning stop from Sam Johnstone.
It was in injury time that the deadlock was finally broken. Kyle Edwards broke through the Preston defence, which had held secure throughout before going under the challenge of goalkeeper Declan Rudd.
Replays showed that the 21-year-old had gone to ground before Rudd was able to make contact. However, referee Oliver Langford pointed to the spot and Austin obliged to win all three points late on.
The win sees the Baggies continue their stunning form under Slaven Bilic, winning five consecutive league games. After 19 games, West Brom have returned to the top with 42 points and Leeds sit in second on 40. Fulham are in third on 35.
But after seeing their side overtaken thanks to the penalty decision on Monday night, Leeds fans are fuming on Twitter and made their feelings very clear towards the West Brom star for his theatrics.
Kyle Edwards should get a two-game ban for this. It means nothing though because West Brom have gained two extra points from the dive. Pretty poor. pic.twitter.com/k7eCFRHcxw
— Tom Carnduff (@TomC_22) December 2, 2019
— WhyLeedsAreGoingUp💙💛 (@whyleedsaregoi1) December 2, 2019
Never a penalty
— mark ant jepson (@mrleedsunited) December 2, 2019
Should be docked 6 points.
— Jonathan (@Leedsjohnlufc) December 2, 2019
It wasn’t even close, keeper didn’t even touch him that’s simulation, diving, cheating any day and the ref needs fining and demoting
— Andy Firth (@AndrewFirth21) December 3, 2019
Well done to #WBA cheating their way to the top of the table tonight after Kyle Edwards blatant dive to win a penalty.
— 𝑹𝒖𝒔𝒔 (@SportsJourno1_) December 3, 2019
Kyle Edwards should be banned for simulation and given a three match ban . Disgraceful performance by the referee as well .. he was well and truly duped
— heyupjonesy (@neil4jones) December 2, 2019