Paul Robinson fumed over Aston Villa goalkeeper Tom Heaton being credited with an own goal during Villa’s 2-2 draw with Manchester United on Sunday.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the ex-England goalkeeper revealed he really hates seeing goalkeepers being credited with own goals after it hits the post then them before going in the net.

Heaton was deemed to have scored an own goal after Marcus Rashford’s header hit the post then the keeper before rolling into the net to give United the lead.

Robinson claimed it looks horrible on the scoresheet when a keeper gets an own goal and pointed out that it was unfortunate for Heaton as he played really well on Sunday.

When asked about Heaton being unfortunate with the own goal, Robinson told Football Insider: “I hate that rule, I really really really hate that rule, I don’t see why the striker can’t just have that, no goalkeeper wants to be credited with an own goal.

“Nobody wants to be credited with an own goal and when it has hit the inside of the post then the goalkeeper, I really really do personally hate that rule.

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“It goes down on the scoresheet and it looks horrible and Tom played so well in the game that it was unfortunate for him.”


Heaton arrived at Villa Park in the summer after joining Dean Smith’s side from Premier League rivals Burnley.

In his 2019/20 campaign so far, the 33-year-old has conceded 20 goals, while keeping three clean sheets, across the 13 league appearances he has made.

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