Sam – Linesman Cost Us Valuable Point

Referee’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.

Sam said:

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.

8 comments so far

  • Mat

    Dec 30, 2007 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #1

    He’s lost the players. Clever tactics are a waste of time if you’re players don’t believe in them or the tactics suggest you’re not backing the player’s individual ability .

  • Edd Case

    Dec 30, 2007 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #2

    There’s a much bigger picture than just ‘that offside goal’ – but, of course, for Sam, it’s a wonderful scape-goat.

  • steve

    Dec 30, 2007 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #3

    Not scoring a second goal cost us the game

    Taylor playing like a 2nd division CM cost us the game

    Defending far to deep cost us the game

    Taking off Martins for Owen cost us the game

    Bad decision from linesman cost us a point

    I’m not slagging Sam off but he needs to stop this media love in and start sorting out the problems at SJP rather than bigging himself up all the time

  • Steve

    Dec 30, 2007 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #4

    Gees you lot are pessimistic.. The performance was superb and I credit the players for that. Duff was wonderful as was Zoggy and Butt. I thought Faye had a wonderful game in the middle. He wins so many headers. We must be patient. Sams positional selections are improving…

  • Leo

    Dec 30, 2007 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #5

    was a good display by the players, bad by the tactics.

    the officials cost us dearly. hand ball leading up to the first goal which the ref should have easily seen and the yards offside for the second goal…

  • Dragoner

    Dec 30, 2007 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #6

    i agree that you cannot soley blame it on the offside. However, i do feel it robbed the team of a much needed confidence boost.

  • Dragoner

    Dec 30, 2007 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #7

    Leon i think if the ref gave handball for their first goal it would have been a bit harsh, however, steven taylor had the ball at his feet and just stood there looking t it. He is young but he is really costing us

  • shearer 4 pm

    Dec 30, 2007 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #8

    the players need a reality check aswell as most of the fans, i personally think this is an acceptable season so far we will not be title challengers for at least 5-6 seasons, the majority of the players need to listen to what the manager says and do as there told, then the success will come.


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