Darwin Nunez goal against Aston Villa was offside, but doesn't change system failure that 'just didn't work' - Ty Bracey
The officiating team made a mistake in not calling Darwin Nunez’s goal against Aston Villa offside, according to Ty Bracey.
With the Villans 1-0 down, Trent Alexander-Arnold placed an accurate long pass up to Mohamed Salah on the right wing, with the Egyptian giving chase against Lucas Digne to claim possession. With Salah getting the better of the Frenchman, he tapped the ball to the unmarked Darwin Nunez to slot it home in front of the Kopp and make it 2-0.
Nunez was gifted plenty of space after Pau Torres switched off and lost his man in the build-up, adding to Aston Villa’s defensive woes at Anfield that afternoon. While the goal was a poor one to concede, many have suggested that Salah was offside in the build-up.
One of these voices is Bracey. While admitting that Villa’s defence was poor in the game following the system change sparked by Diego Carlos’ substitution in the first half, Bracey has blasted the refereeing decision to allow the goal to stand.
Speaking exclusively to Villa News, Bracey said: “Diego Carlos going off disrupted the gameplan. We replaced him with Leon Bailey, so it was a complete change in shape and system.
“Obviously, the second goal that we conceded was on the back of a Pau Torres error but I think that goal was offside. Salah was in an offside position. I don’t know how they’ve looked at that and not given it offside.
“It’s just unfortunate that we made the change and the system didn’t work. It’s just one of those and we have to get on with it.”
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