Newcastle were robbed of a valuable point this afternoon when Chelsea stole the game after 87 minutes when Kalou’s goal was allowed to stand after being clearly 3 yards offside.
It was a disgraceful decision from the officials as Newcastle were looking to win the game and deserved at least a point. The TV replays showed the goal was easily offside â€“ ad it wasn’t even close. Just exactly what the referee’s assistant was doing not to flag for offside, is anybody’s guess.
After all the good work from the Newcastle team it was a travesty of justice for them to lose this game on such a clear offside goal.
After going a goal behind in the first half with a goal on 28 minutes from Essien, Newcastle had battled back very well. For the goal the ball should really have been cleared by Steven Taylor, but it eluded him and Essien scored with an open goal at his mercy.
Newcastle however, came back magnificently in the second half and took the game completely to Chelsea. After 55 minutes Nicky Butt was credited with the Newcastle goal but it was actually Wayne Bridge who back-heeled the ball into his own net. The goal followed excellent work from Charles N’Zogbia who went past a couple of Chelsea defenders before crossing the ball low into box for the ball to be scrambled over the line.
After that goal, Newcastle came back strongly and worked their socks off to try to get something out of this game. Shay Given had an outstanding game for the visitors, and the Irishman saved his team on a number of occasions, with a string of excellent saves.
But the referee and his assistants will have some explaining to do after allowing such a poor goal. We’d be interested to hear what they have to say.
Newcastle made an excellent comeback form their disappointing performances in their last two games. But they will need to work out how they play like this, which was very like their recentÂ Arsenal performance, against teams much lower than them in the league.
That’s one problem that still faces manager Sam Allardyce.Â But Sam has to be proud of his players today, they did him and Newcastle United proud – but with no luck whatsoever.
Chelsea: Hilario, Michael Essien, Joe Cole, John Obi Mikel, Michael Ballack, Wayne Bridge, Salomon Kalou, Tal Ben-Haim, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Alex, Juliano Belletti
Subs: Steve Sidwell, Claudio Pizzaro, Scott Sinclair, Paulo Ferreira, tbc
Newcastle United: Shay Given, Claudio Cacapa, Habib Beye, Charles N’Zogbia, Steven Taylor, Abdoulaye Faye, Nicky Butt, James Milner, Damien Duff, Alan Smith (c), Oba Martins
Subs: Steve Harper, David Rozehnal, Emre, Michael Owen, Mark Viduka
Referee: Mike Riley