I’d rather this match report not serve as an essay on VAR, but it’s impossible to dissect this game without commenting on its main talking point.
Bias or no bias, the official’s decision to rule out Dendoncker’s opener was farcical.
Granted, the ball touched Boly’s hand but even the most partially sighted spectator could see that it was not intentional.
Unsurprisingly, I’ve already voiced that opinion on social media. In response, one or two people have suggested that it’s a rule change that thwarted our chances of winning rather than VAR itself.
Whatever the cause, the outcome was us being denied an excellent opening day victory.
Whether it’d have been merited or not is a topic for discussion.
This was largely an even affair, with Leicester dominating possession but Nuno’s boys creating more clear-cut chances.
If Jota and Raul had brought their shooting boots, we could have won by a canter in the second half.
But equally, Leicester pushed hard for a winner towards the end of the game and we had to defend valiantly to secure the result.
Willy Boly was especially brilliant, and it was pleasing to see us keep a clean sheet away from home given that we only managed it on a few occasions last term.
Given the distance travelled in midweek, a point is an excellent outcome against one of the sides most fancied to gatecrash the top six.
It would have been easy for the players to fold after the VAR controversy, but they remained resolute and ensured that we brought home a point we’d have all been happy with at the start of the day.
Still, it’d have been sweet to celebrate all three.