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McArthur Admits Officials Made Right Call

24 August 2015

After seeing his “goal” ruled out against Aston Villa on Saturday, Eagles midfielder James McArthur admitted that the decision was the correct one, even if it did take a while to come to that conclusion.

McArthur chested in Dwight Gayle’s shot when the game was still goalless but after initially being allowed to celebrate the goal, protests from the Villa players led to the match officials collaborating and deeming that he was offside – a call that replays showed was marginally correct.

But after his side went on to eventually win the game, the Scot was more interested in discussing the fine performance from his team rather than controversial refereeing decisions.

He said: “I thought at first that I was offside but when the linesman didn’t put his flag up I was delighted, but obviously he’d got it wrong and justice was done in the end. 

“I felt we played very well today, especially in the second half as I think Dwight Gayle and Jordon Mutch made big improvements for the team when they came on.

“This squad is so strong, you look at the boys that aren’t even on the bench and it’s incredible to think how we’ve come. We’re all pushing each other in the changing room.”

Scott Dann and Bakary Sako’s goals did count for the Eagles as they secured a first home win of the season after only winning six times at Selhurst Park last term, and McArthur was pleased with the goalscorers’ displays.

On debutant Sako, he said: “I felt throughout the game he was very good, he’s got a lightning shot as well which is so powerful and it’s a real danger for other teams and great for us.

“We all know Scott is so good in the air and to get the goal was great but I was really impressed with his assist – he did great to get himself in that position to win the ball and pick out a great pass.

“The fans are great and we feel as though we owe the something so it was great to get a win for them. Now we just need to keep pushing and keep our feet on the ground and try to win as many games as possible.”

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