February 21, 2024

Jarrad Branthwaite is called “lazy” by Mike Dean live on Sky Sports following an altercation during Everton’s 3-2 victory at Crystal Palace.

Jarrad Branthwaite was called “lazy” by Mike Dean, who also suggested that the Everton defender’s early penalty was justified in receiving “all day” treatment at Crystal Palace.


After the 21-year-old knocked down Eberechi Eze in the first minute and the Eagles striker slotted the fifth-minute spot kick past Jordan Pickford to equalize, the former Premier League referee responded live on Sky Sports Soccer on Saturday.


After Vitalii Mykolenko scored the second goal of the match within the first minute, the Toffees were off to a perfect start. However, minutes later, Sue Smith dismissed the first penalty appeal but upheld the second, and Branthwaite’s mistake gave the hosts a way back into the match.


“It’s a penalty to Crystal Palace and Eze, with brilliant feet, gets himself into the area and Branthwaite does get a touch on him,” Smith stated at 3:04 p.m. The referee immediately points to the location while checking it for VAR.

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However, they may have received a penalty right before that. Once more, it was [Jeffrey] Schlupp on the left, who does well and gets himself forward, and [James] Tarkowski, who only manages a touch on the ball. I believe that this will be assessed as a penalty this time. Mike, I’m not sure what you think.


Dean stated: “Yes, Branthwaite hasn’t played the ball; he’s just kicking around a lazy leg.” Bad defense; he’s obviously got him, and I believe there should be a penalty all day.

“Yeah, he just sort of dangles a leg out,” Smith continued.

“He doesn’t have to do it,” Dean remarked. It is a fine.



Branthwaite has been hailed from all directions for his performances this season since replacing Michael Keane in the line-up, and rightly so for the most part.


But his early showing at Selhurst Park was more reminiscent of the man he replaced as he conceded one penalty and risked giving away a second later in the half.


On that occasion Eze was booked for a dive and the VAR review deemed there to be not enough evidence to overturn the decision despite apparent contact from the Everton centre-back.


Sean Dyche will have been extremely disappointed to see his side start the game exactly as he would have hoped for only to waste it so quickly.


Eze caused the Toffees all sorts of problems, with Tarkowski and Branthwaite having their hands full up against the Palace forward.


A new defensive steel has helped characterise the improved form for Dyche’s men but Branthwaite betrayed that trend in surprising fashion in South London, with the only obvious explanation being the knock which the defender had during the week hampering his performance.


Branthwaite improved as the game wore on and Tarkowski was the man at fault for Odsonne Edouard’s second equaliser, but on the day the attack proved the difference in a big 3-2 victory.

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