Birmingham manager Alex McLeish was not happy with the penalty Rob Styles awarded to Newcastle today when Oba Martins seemed to be brought down in the box. But how many managers are happy with penalties against them?
Birmingham City manager Alex McLeish
Birmingham can feel a little aggrieved that they got nothing from this game as they played quite well against a resolute Newcastle United side.
The Blues had actually gone ahead after 9 minutes when Cameron Jerome scored, but referee Styles then thought Mathew Sadler brought down Oba Martins in the 18-yard area to hand Newcastle a life-line after 36 minutes. And Oba duly accepted that lifeline by firing home himself from the penalty spot.
Habib Beye – scored the winner in the 90th minute
Newcastle then won the game courtesy of a 90th minute header from Senegalese right back, Habib Beye, who had another strong game for the Magpies today.
McLeish, who made a great start to his managerial career for Birmingham City last week, when they scored a late winner at White Hart Lane to beat Tottenham 3-2, was not happy about referee Styles’ decision today. Alex talked to Sky Sports after today’s game:
“Nobody could see what Rob has seen,” “I’ve seen the pictures since and Saddler wins the ball and Martins is never getting there.â€“I’m not so sure, it was very soft.”
“It was a really harsh decision against us and a couple of decisions have gone against us and turned the game for Newcastle.â€
“It was cruel because we looked comfortable. Newcastle threw a lot in to the box and we coped admirably. We know we have got to pick ourselves up.â€
“We have taken three points from six and most people would have tipped us to take zero from six so that is a positive for us.â€
“With a little bit more belief we could have come away with an even better result than a draw never mind losing the game.”
That’s the rub of the green and you win some and you lose some. But for once Lady Luck smiled on Newcastle today, and we were able to get all 3 points, which we so desperately needed. Let’s all hope it’s upward and onward from now on. Sam now has a full week to prepare the side for Fulham at Craven Cottage.