Sam’s So Right – Chelsea’s Winner Clearly Offside


Sam Allardyce rightly described Chelsea’s winning goal in their 2-1 victory over Newcastle as a ‘clear offside’. The TV replays of the goal showed Kalou to be at least 3 yards offside, and it was a little unbelievable the goal was allowed to stand by the officials.

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Sam Allardyce – Kalou’s goal clearly offside

The Newcastle manager saw his players this afternoon put in a fine fighting performance at Stamford Bridge, only to lose to Salomon Kalou’s goal just 3 minutes from the end of the game.

Kalou was in an offside position when the ball deflected into his path off Claudio Pizarro, but amazingly, the linesman’s flag stayed down. Somebody should ask the linesman why he didn’t flag for what was a clear offside. It proved to be a costly decision for the Tyneside club, who were rather unlucky to get nothing out of this game against a weakened Chelsea side.

Sam told Sky Sports after the game:

“We were very good today and we did all of it right. Unfortunately for us the game has been taken away by something that we can’t control,”

“It’s not a decision that can be judged in terms of ‘it was close’ it was just a major decision that went against us – a clear offside by two or three yards.”

“The ball hit Pizarro I think it was and dropped to a Chelsea player in an offside position who put it in the net. You don’t know why an assistant referee can’t see across that line and see that player in that position.”

Obafemi Martins missed a couple of good chances early in the first half, and after the equalizer, the visitors were clearly pressing for the winner, and threatened to take the lead on a couple of occasions.

Sam continued:

“For us it’s a huge blow to our confidence after a tremendous performance which should have got us at least a point,”

“We could maybe have scored a second in the second half and of course we had two clear chances for Oba in the first one-on-one.”

But Sam must be happy with the performance of his team today, and he’s right to say there’s not much they could do about the goal, when it was so clearly offside. But on this evidence there’s not too much wrong with this Newcastle team.

As long as we can play like this against teams below us in the league – that’s Big Sam’s big challenge with his team. It should be another good game against Manchester City at home next Wednesday, and perhaps we’ll have a little better luck in that game. Hope so. 😀

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29 comments so far

  • Nev

    Dec 29, 2007 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #1

    the thing that annoys me the most is the officals wont come out and admit they made a mistake !!
    there should be a compulsary interview with the offical(s) to explain key decisions about 45mins after the game just to get things clarified

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  • MTsang

    Dec 29, 2007 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #2

    Sadly, this kind of things happens all the time 🙁

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  • Ashton

    Dec 29, 2007 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #3

    F&*k I’m so pissed i think i will kill someone tonight

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  • shirts

    Dec 29, 2007 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #4

    Does anybody else wonder about match fixing in the EPL? It’s happened in Italy and elsewhere. And with a decision THIS obvious, with Chelsea’s billions, is it a real suspicion or just a piss-poor call that will even out this season?

    Have we benefitted from a dubious call this season? Can’t remember one off the top of my head…

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  • Smiler

    Dec 29, 2007 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #5

    F**kin robbed Refs should be suspended for makin bad decision’s bring in video footage like they doo in rugby so wot if it takes a bit longer to view least the decision will be the right 1 and we would of gone home with a hard earned point..

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  • Callum

    Dec 29, 2007 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #6

    Get rid of Sam – Chelsea were there for the taking in the second half and he brings on Rozenhal and makes Owen play upfront on his own – stupid decisions – Whilst taking off our ‘captain’ and Martins who was lively when involved

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  • billy

    Dec 29, 2007 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #7

    sam get some fuc***g balls and send a team out to win you thick cu*t.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 29, 2007 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #8

    ‘Sam’s So Right – Chelsea’s Winner Clearly Offside’

    so he knows something! Hope these Jol rumours are true, i feel he would be right and would give him time.

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  • Southern_Magpie

    Dec 29, 2007 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #9

    I would like to think English football is much more stable than corrupt leagues such as Serie A
    About video technology, Its easy to make claims for it to be introduced when we’ve had a decision like that against us, but I’m sure as the season goes on a decision will go for us. I think decisions like these keep the game unpredictable and give it a talking point. Its a part of the game but I hate to say it, especially tonight.

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  • Howie

    Dec 29, 2007 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #10

    just a shocking piece of refereeing. just heard captain of motherwell died so just puts everything in perspective.

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  • billy

    Dec 29, 2007 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #11

    video technology is a must for punishing divers and cheats but not for off side and pens let the linesman and ref make the desicion then explain the reasoning after match if needed.

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  • john

    Dec 29, 2007 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #12

    well offside if it was newcastle attacking it would have been given offside

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  • john

    Dec 29, 2007 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #13

    GET JOL HE UNDERSTANDS ATTACKING FOOTBALL WITH TWO WINGERS PLAYING OUT WIDE. UNLIKE ALLARDYCE KEEPS GOIN ON ABOUT DEFENSIVE MISTAKES BUT SETS OUT EVERY GAME WITH DEFENSIVE MIND SET. JUST DOESNT MAKE ANY SENSE

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  • Dragoner

    Dec 29, 2007 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #14

    heres an idea, all the same haters, when you see an article saying “SAM” in it, dont open it or dont comment on it. As all you do is repeat the same points you always make. We heard you last time, we haven’t forgot.

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  • Dragoner

    Dec 29, 2007 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #15

    What annoys me is the official probably wont be suspended as we aren’t “important” enough. If it was Chelsea v Man U there would be outrage. This is not fair, something needs to be done.
    I hope Sam, a pundit or one of our players raises this issue tonight. It was the worst offside decision i have seen this season. It even somehow managed to beat the Chimbonda Tottenham handball/offside goal. that was a joke too.

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  • the _lord

    Dec 29, 2007 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #16

    we had 2 shots on target they had 11 and we’re upset over an offside. Shocking decision to bring Rozenhal on when we were on top. What the hell lets blame the ref

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  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 29, 2007 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #17

    exaclty, sam and his ‘we did everything so right’ what a bloody nob, 2 shots on target, hes the stats man bloody dumbarse.

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  • john

    Dec 29, 2007 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #18

    BSA KEPT GOIN ON ABOUT ARE INJURY LIST. WILL HE SAY WE WERE NEARLY AT FULL STRENGH AND CHELSEA HAD 4 TOP EUROPEAN PLAYERS OUT. HE SAID AFTER THE DERBY MATCH THEY ONLY HAD 2 SHOTS AND DIDNT DESERVE TO WIN SO HOW CAN HE SAY WE DESERVED SOMETHING OUT THE GAME.

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  • Andreas

    Dec 29, 2007 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #19

    Hehe, we quite fun to see SA’s positive attitude…I mean, playing with 6 defenders + 1 dm is surely a sign of wanting to win the game…

    The 2-1 goal was clearly offside but we were totally outplayed nonetheless and a lucky draw would not have been “fair” (although I would gladly have accepted one). As said, going up against Chelsea reserves and we put out a über defensive team isn’t my cup of tea.

    The loss was neither “shocking” or “unfair” when one take the entire game into consideration. NUFC have bigger problems than a horrible decision by a “linesmen”.

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  • Tripp

    Dec 29, 2007 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #20

    Southern Magpie, it still tarnishes the game. These kinds of decisions should be reviewed. It would take all of 30 seconds, end of story. This is the perfect case for video technology. Hell, we’ve been using it in the states for 3 decades now. It’s perfect for these kinds of situations and absolutely should be instituted. It’ll put an end to the match fixing speculation as well, though that’s a VERY distant second to getting the call right. I really don’t understand why people are so averse to it. No, it’s not a cure all, and in football it has more limited applications than in American Football (which is very well suited to review technology). Hell, if players were forced to throw the ball in more quickly every match that would add more flow to the game than the disruption caused by a major review. It’s amazing how players often dither with the ball on the side lines. But that’s another story altogether.

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  • Rob

    Dec 29, 2007 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #21

    Rozenhal was brought on to play left back where nzogbia got a pasting all afternoon by SWP. This let nzogbia move up an play more forward given he was our most potent attacking force in the match.

    A good descision I think.

    taking Oba off and putting on an unfit Owen makes less sense

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  • shirts

    Dec 29, 2007 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #22

    I agree with Rob–SWP completely had Zog’s number. Rozenhal came in for Smith in name only. N’Zogbia was then unleashed to attack. Good substitution, that.

    Maybe Martins off/Owens on was simply to get Owens some playing time before Martins runs off the the African Cup. It’s a like for like swap and Martins wasn’t especially effective today, so makes some sense to get Owens in there to get some game time.

    Viduka coming on so late, however, was just desperation, I guess.

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  • Dragoner

    Dec 29, 2007 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #23

    I think Martins showed today why he is not good enough. He had two great opportunites and he shamefully cocked them both up. Honestly, i need to see improvement from him or we should sell and get another fast striker…who can control the ball, be fast WHILST dribbling, and shoot on target

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  • Dragoner

    Dec 29, 2007 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #24

    Shirts

    i agree viduka was desperation. I think Sam wanted to rest Viduka today so he could play in a more winnable game against city.

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  • Dragoner

    Dec 30, 2007 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #25

    i would also like to add that the highlights on match of the day skipped out at least two of our good opportunites. I do not know why they try so hard to make it look like chelsea battered us, i watched and they didn’t.

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  • Big AL

    Dec 30, 2007 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #26

    I dont get why dodgy penalty decisons, goals and sendings off arnt done by video replay as they are so critical to the game. You get any of those three wrong and you cost teams points, managers there jobs and clubs there league status.
    It is crazy that we have the technology but the FA are to backward to use it. I mean todays shocking decison caused at least a minute of complaint from our players, so that the game stopped anyway. What the hells stopping the ref asking the fourth offical to confirm the decison by video replay? your telling me thats gonna take longer than calming all the irate newcastle players down? yeh right.
    Infact dodgy penaltys, goals and red cards are always hotly disputed taking at least a minute or two to sort out, so how is it disrupting the game to check that decison is correct which wouldnt take more than a minute?
    Anyway its nice to see us playing well lets just hope we keep it up and maybe get some luck next time.

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  • ObaFan2

    Dec 30, 2007 at 2:32 AM

    Comment #27

    Indeed a mile offside but we had chances to go ahead and didn’t take them……. thats football.

    We had the best opportunity in years to beat them at Stamford Bridge and blew it but all in all a fair performance and entertaining to a point.

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  • Adam B

    Dec 30, 2007 at 3:16 AM

    Comment #28

    back off allardyce you ignorant idiots! the results won’t turn in 8 months, 9 new bleeding players, new chairman, new owner, new expectations. Relax will ya, we will be ok!

    there is no reason to believe that NUFC won’t achieve a top 10 finish this year?

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  • ende

    Dec 30, 2007 at 7:24 AM

    Comment #29

    Bad calls like these can be avoided by thoroughly reviewing all ‘contestable’ calls post-game. No instant replay necessary. The trick is, there need to be VERY STRICT penalties for officials who make bad calls. One such as todays should be either a hefty hefty fine, or even a suspension. Two suspensions and you’re career is over.

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