The goals that never were: Sportsmail's all-time favourite 'Phantom goals'

17 August 2009 12:40
What a spectacle: Neil Warnock fumes after Sears' disallowed goal

You've got to feel sorry for Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock, the sight of him holding an imaginary pair of glasses to his face as he spews his anger in the direction of referee Rob Shoebridge will become one of the iconic images of our time.

But you can well understand his frustration, Freddie Sears' shot had not just crossed the line, it had smacked into the back of the net and flew back out.

To compound this injustice - Bristol City went and snatched a last-gasp winner. You couldn't make it up.

Warnock has renewed the debate about goal-line technology, he said: 'We can put a man on the moon, time serves of 100 miles per hour at  Wimbledon, yet we cannot place a couple of sensors in a net to show when a goal has been scored.'

You feel, he has a point.

UEFA plan to two extra officials in this season's Europa League to help the referee and his assistants make decisions regarding incidents in the penalty areas.

But, this comes too late for Warnock who, you imagine, is sat in darkened room, reliving the event in his mind and hoping that the throbbing vein on the side of his head doesn't burst.

VIDEO: Freddie Sears' goal that never was

And he may want to look away now as Sportsmail takes a look at it's favourite phantom goals.

 David HealyFULHAM v Middlesbrough, August 2007 Lawrie Sanchez's Fulham thought they had snatched a last-minute equalizer against Boro, referee Andy D'Urso thought otherwise.

The Cottagers had taken an early lead through Brian McBride but had found themselves 2-1 down with just seconds left.

What a goal! Er. hold on: David Healy races away to celebrate his goal that never was against Middlesbrough

Up popped Healey to head the ball a good 12 inches over the line, but that mattered not a jot to the officials who deemed that Boro goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer had done enough to keep it out. 

Pedro MendesManchester United v TOTTENHAM - January 2005Tottenham were looking good under the stewardship of Martin Jol and the match at Old Trafford had been an even affair and, with just a minute to go, Spurs thought they had snatched a great win.

Roy Carroll had failed to make any distance with a clearance and the ball fell to Pedro Mendes whose instant lob from the half way line found the United keeper scrambling back towards his goal.

VIDEO: Carroll denied the most embarrassing moment of his career.

He made it back to the goal line in time to catch the ball but spilled it over his shoulder, and a good two feet over the line. The 'goal' wasn't given as the touchline official had not been able to keep up with play.

Commentator Alan Parry at the time said: 'Carroll has been denied the most embarrassing moment of his career, that is a travesty. It certainly is a decision that Mark Clattenburg, the referee and in particular Rob Lewis, his linesman, will want to forget.'

Mark HughesSOUTHAMPTON v Leeds United, August 1999 Nil Saints: Mark Hughes is denied for Southampton

On the face of it, this was an unremarkable 3-0 win at the Dell for Leeds but one thing really made this game stand out.

Mark Hughes struck a shot so fiercely that it hit the advertising hoardings directly behind the goals and bounced straight back out.

He had hit the ball so hard that everyone failed to see it had crossedthe line - I say everyone, the ref and the linesman missed it, the restof  the world had seen a perfectly decent goal not given.

Gerry TaggartBOLTON WANDERERS v Everton, September 1997 Boltonwere denied victory at the Reebok Stadium when referee Stephen Lodgefailed to spot that Gerry Taggart's looping header had fallen sixinches behind the line before it was cleared by defender Terry Phelan.

This story gets worse, particularly if you are a Trotters fan.

Thematch ended goalless, and the teams finished level on points at the endof the season. Bolton were relegated on goal difference, Everton stayed up.

Paddy ConnollyPartick Thistle v DUNDEE UNITED - 1993 Dundee Utd score a perfectly legitimate goal from a corner after Paddy Connolly had blasted home from close range

What makes this particular goal all the more remarkable is that a defender picks up the ball, hands it to the goalkeeper Andy Murdoch, who wellies it upfield in that annoyed way that only keepers do after having conceded a goal.

Unbelievably, neither the referee or the linesman spot the goal, or the handball, and wave play on.

VIDEO: Connolly scores - but it's ruled out. (1min 12secs)

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