Published: Tue, November 05, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Referees’ authority is being challenged by VAR - Aston Villa boss Dean Smith

Referees’ authority is being challenged by VAR - Aston Villa boss Dean Smith

Lallana was speaking in the wake of Saturday's dramatic victory by his team at Villa Park, where Liverpool trailed until the 87th minute but ended up winning 2-1, with Sadio Mané scoring the decisive goal in the fourth minute of stoppage time that preserved their six-point lead at the top of the Premier League.

Meanwhile, Frank Lampard believes the Premier League are setting a risky precedent with the use of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) after technology intervened to give Watford a late penalty in Chelsea's 2-1 win at Vicarage Road.

Liverpool beat Aston Villa in the final minutes 2-1 in the 11th round of the Premier League thanks to Sadio Mane.

Trezeguet opened his Villa account in the 21st minute after putting John McGinn's free-kick beyond Alisson's reach, and the hosts held on for as long as they could.

After an ineffective performance, Jurgen Klopp took off talisman Mohamed Salah in favor of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and also inserted striker Divock Origi, the scorer of some of Liverpool's most important goals, but the Belgian was unable to find the net.

He said: "I never thought for a second about the Man City game and the Aston Villa game together. Next week we go to Anfield to try to play them".

Finally Newcastle United claimed their second win in London this season as goals from Ciaran Clark, Fede Fernandez, and Jonjo Shelvey put them on the way to a 3-2 triumph away to West Ham United.

"Our plan isn't to pass the ball wide and then get it into the box". Everybody can be compact and they are allowed to be really deep, that makes it really hard and you want to come in behind their last line.

The agonising loss followed a defeat at champions Manchester City a week previously and Smith added: "We've still got zero points - the zero points everyone expected us to get - but we have come out of both matches with a lot of credit. Maybe there will be a crossing championship next week, we will see!"

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