I want to start by comparing the penalty and red card tonight to Dwight Gayle being pulled down by Ipswich’s keeper and not being awarded a penalty or red card. Maybe that’s not relevant and I’m the only person to think about the Ipswich game tonight. Compare those decisions though. Both seen by the referees. It’s not the same sport if those two decisions lead to polar opposite results. How are forwards or defenders supposed to play the game, make decisions etc if they’ve no idea what rules the referees are playing today?
Lansbury has made no attempt to play the ball. No attempt to shoot. Not even facing the goal. So how is it a red card? It’s
bad defending. They targeted Dummet in the first half. I’m sat here in the Jury’s Inn in Nottingham so I’ll have not seen the analysis you have. He shouldn’t commit a foul. We win the game for me 10 v 11. We were dominant.
Shelvey is stupid. It’s been coming. He’s always on at referees, even when he’s given away blatant fouls. He’s always getting in scraps or fights. He’s so good. He’s worth the effort. If he’s banned for 9 games he owes us big (bigger as tonight was stupid). But what about Lansbury’s foul, miles away from the ball? How can that massive blatant foul, conceded before the kick from Shelvey lead to a penalty. That incident alone is evidence of a group of officials who shouldn’t referee again at this level.
I can’t tell you about the two penalties or goal we should have had. They were at the end of the pitch to the away end. I’ve heard enough though.
Enough about the referee. Commit him to memory for your quiz questions and future refereeing nightmares thirty years in the future.
Newcastle were excellent again. There’s so many ways to lose a game of football and this isn’t one to lament. All nine players have everything. I’ve stood in too many away ends where we’ve lost games because we’ve been too bad to win the game. Too lazy, to disorganised and too disinterested. Everyone did the dirty work, everyone. Dwight Gayle – target man. Ritchie was back to it after some quiet (and poor games). What a goal. Yedlin was exceptional on both flanks. What a player. Goufrann grafted and Isaac Hayden put in the performance that tells you he belongs in the premier league. He times his tackles so well that he’ll get sent off one day by another inept ref.
Karl Darlow though. Is there a more improved goal keeper in the country? Remember WBA away last season? Please do the next time you sat Sels should never play again. He was magnificent. The penalty saves will live long in the memory but his overall performance was superb.
A good week break now awaits players and fans before an organised and impressive Birmingham City come to town backed by 3,200. I’ve no doubt they’ll leave with nothing. Let’s get behind the lads. There’s so much to like about this team.
2 1 to the referee. I’d much rather it was that than a deserved defeat. United have been away from twice in 4 days and put everything into each game and been the better side. I’ve had worse weeks watching United, believe me.
We’re Newcastle and We’re Going To Win The League.
ALEX HURST – Follow Alex on @tfalex1892
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