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.
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 didnâ€™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.
“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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