While we donâ€™t think Newcastle United deserved to take all 3 points on Saturday, we should have won if it wasnâ€™t for the very poor referring from the three officials, in the game against Middlesbrough.
Kevin Keegan – has the lads playing decent football
We should have been 1-0 up after 5 minutes when an Emre corner was plainly dropped by goalkeeper Schwarzer, and Owen poked the ball home. TV replays showed that Schwarzer wasnâ€™t even touched, let alone being shoved, when he went for the ball.
But these days if a goalkeeper drops the ball, and players are in his vicinity, the goalkeeper must have been fouled. A terrible decision by referee Mike Dean and we never hear of these guys fessing up to their mistakes after the game.
Another bad mistake was the Middlesbrough goal. When the free kick was played, TV replays showed at least two Middlesbrough players a yard off-side. Usually what happens in these circumstances is the linesman’s flag goes straight up. But it didnâ€™t, and Robert Huth headed the ball home with just 5 minutes remaining.
Thereâ€™s this talk about players not being active, but when you are a few yards from the goalkeeper when the ball is coming in â€“ you are an active player. The not active player rule was for situations where goals that were not allowed because a player was offside near the corner flag, and hardly interfering with play.
But the officials these days are making some strange decisions concerning not active players, and this rule just doesn’t work and should be changed. The other situation with offside that is hardly ever given, is when that attacking player is level – they always give it as offside, which is not what the rule now says. (it used to be that – but was changed).
We know this is all woulda coulda shoulda – which we don’t usually meddle in – but we didn’t win – we got a draw, and at the end of the day we were even a little lucky to hang on to that.
We didnâ€™t play as well as we can â€“ but 3 points would have been massive for us yesterday â€“ and this time we just didnâ€™t have the luck.
Maybe at Aston Villa next Saturday?