Refereeâ€™s assistant Mike Cairns cost Newcastle United a point at Chelsea yesterday, when the lineman failed to raise his flag as Salomon Kalou scored an 87th-minute winner from six yards.
Michael Owen – came back yesterday after 6 weeks out with thigh strain
Chelsea had taken the lead in the first half through Michael Essien but Nicky Butt (it was really an own goal from Wayne Bridge), scrambled an equalizer in the 55th minute. And Michael Owen was introduced in the second half, for his first appearance for 6 weeks. Allardyce though maintained the defeat was down to the assistant referee.
“It is one of those decisions I wouldn’t mind getting myself into trouble with to be honest. But unfortunately that would cost me money and I don’t want to part with my money when I don’t deserve to be parted with it.â€
“You can’t say what you really think. But it hurts deeply – not just for me but the players in particular. A result has been taken away from us by no fault of our own – by an assistant referee that has got a horrible decision wrong.â€
“We have to take that on the chin, it can’t be changed. We have to accept that disappointment but look at the positive side of the performance and continue by trying to get three points against Manchester City.â€
“You have to complain more when a decision like this is made and it has cost us a crucial result. We have had a poor Christmas and that point would have made us feel that much better.â€
“The players played very well and we took the game to Chelsea, particularly in the second half. We created some good opportunities and took one. We could have taken more of them and got something out of the game, even with that decision from the linesman.â€
“It is the worst decision I’ve had go against me this year – no question about that. From our point of view it is difficult to take but he can’t hide from it. It can only have been his fear maybe – blind fear in terms that he had to make crucial decision at a particular time on Chelsea’s home ground. But we can do nothing about that now.”
Sam’s quite right to say it was a terrible decision, because it was plainly offside, for all to see. It’s unfortunate when this happens, but it’s part and parcel of the game and these things will even out over the season.
But Newcastle were very unlucky no doubt yesterday, as most players put in a good shift for the team. Newcastle looked quite a good side yesterday and could easily have even won the game, with a little luck in the last 10 minutes.
What do you think? Comments very welcome.