Graham Potter believes the words “clear and obvious” came into play during an Albion brush with VAR.

Everton were adamant they should have been sent a spot-kick from Stockley Park when Theo Walcott was caught by the arm of Lewis Dunk.

Video ref Michael Oliver had a good look and disagreed.

Cue fury around most of Goodison Park.

Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti said it would have been a penalty had Walcott gone down but that’s tricky territory.

Would that have been a dive? We now know Dunk’s contact was not enough to knock Walcott over.

But then we would not have known that had he tumbled (unless he did it in a ridiculous way).

There’s also the question of whether Dunk would have seen red had Walcott gone down and the penalty been given.

Asked about the decision, Albion boss Potter said: “I don’t know. I haven’t seen it back.

“Whether it’s clear and obvious, I’m not sure.”

Albion fans offered a new slant on reaction to video decisions.

We all know VAR can make us look silly.

That’s players and fans celebrating prematurely.

That’s us in the media talking or tweeting about goals which are then not awarded.

How about the scoreboard operator at Goodison who had the word GOAL beaming through the gloom all the time it was clear Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s pushover effort would be ruled out?

It gets supporters chorusing a heartfelt “It’s not football anymore” when their team are denied goals scored with a hand and clear offside. And then celebrating wildly when what looks a more cruel VAR call rules out an opposition equaliser in added time.

You might protest against the system and then rejoice when it leads to the other team’s best player seeing red.

That’s how the Albion contingent turned things on their head.

They sang their anti-VAR song even when the video decision went their way.

It was a noble approach and drew applause from home fans.

The circumstances of that decision might have helped those Seagulls supporters remain on an even keel.

A decision was made and then confirmed.

One wonders what their reaction would have been had things been different. Had, for example, Everton been awarded a penalty and then seen it taken away on video review.

Would they have still launched straight into “It’s not football anymore” or would they have cheered and celebrated first?

We will never know but, as it went, the reaction was a dignified one.

Albion probably got lucky - but then maybe it was through a poor decision using what should be a fundamentally sound system.

The Argus:

VAR did its job well when Everton later had a goal disallowed for a handball which was tough for the officials at Goodison to spot.

But it remains a topic which gets feelings running high. Nowhere more so than in the blue half of Merseyside.

There is a friendly steward who works near the press box at Everton and likes a chat pre-match before he gets busy.

I have had the same conversation with him three seasons in a row now.

Being an Evertonian, he has fond memories of the 1980s.

His opening gambit tends to be “Who was that big lad you had at the back in the headband?”

Gordon Smith will get a mention as will the helicopter ride to Wembley.

We will touch on Quadrophenia and I’ll tell him the little alley is still there.

This time there was another topic. You’ve guessed it.

He and others like him are convinced VAR has been brought in to help Liverpool win the title.

Every decision in their favour adds to that. If one or two go against the Reds, that’s just to try and throw us off the scent. So goes the conspiracy theory.

“Just watch – they’ll let Liverpool win the league and then they’ll scrap VAR at the end of the season.”

He was serious about that, too.

It’s unlikely. VAR is clearly and obviously here to stay.

But it might not have got everything right on Saturday.