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Poor Officiating Robbed Newcastle

10:31 am, Monday, February 4th, 2008 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 20 Comments

While we don’t think Newcastle United deserved to take all 3 points on Saturday, we should have won if it wasn’t for the very poor referring from the three officials, in the game against Middlesbrough.

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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 wasn’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 didn’t, and Robert Huth headed the ball home with just 5 minutes remaining.

There’s this talk about players not being active, but when you are a few yards from the goalkeeper when the ball is coming in – 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 didn’t play as well as we can – but 3 points would have been massive for us yesterday – and this time we just didn’t have the luck.

Maybe at Aston Villa next Saturday?

Comments welcome.



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20 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Steve G // Feb 4, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Cacapa was a class act yesterday. More of the same, please! Emre also played some fine football, that guy needs to be in our team. Barton and Butt were awful, if they don’t improve soon I’d send then packing.

  • 2 yongMalaysia // Feb 4, 2008 at 10:46 AM

    there shld be another refree behind the net, so this kind of mistake wont be happen again. (first goal by Owen)

  • 3 cg // Feb 4, 2008 at 10:46 AM

    No matter what side you were hoping for watching that game yesterday you can’t disagree with the fact that the ref had too much of an impact on the game.
    He did some strange decisions that affected both teams.

    Maybe NUFC the most, but hey – I’m not really objective.

  • 4 Black Caesar // Feb 4, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    Excuses, excuses, excuses!!! With the players Newcastle have, we should be beating teams like Boro hands down!

  • 5 Kash2 // Feb 4, 2008 at 10:56 AM

    Agree Cacapa played well, Emre was getting some treatment and Milner did well on the right.

    BUT…… We were rubbish yesterday, we kept trying to play out of defence and our passing was horrible. We were outplayed by Boro and they defended better than us. The first goal could have changed the game, but Boro responded better after the decision.

    We just don’t have the players for possession football!

  • 6 Black Caesar // Feb 4, 2008 at 10:59 AM

    Kash2 i disagree that we do not have th players for possession football. take Nicky Butt out of defensive midfield and put in Barton, and that’s half our problem solved.

    It’s also down to coaching, instruction from the manager, positioning of players etc. This is good enough to currently be in the top 5.

  • 7 Will // Feb 4, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    I agree the refereeing was extremely poor for both sides. I would like him to explain how it was a foul on Schwarzer, becuase I didn’t see one. The rest of the team played fairly well except Butt, who cant pass a ball to save his life. Short passes, long passes always go to the opposition. Play breaks down so many times with him and he’s too slow, dwelling on the ball, no creativity. Get rid of him. Stick Zog and Emre in the middle. At least we’ll have a bit of flair, instead of passing back all the time. 2 more defenders coming back from ACN and Oba now, so lets hope we can start knocking some goals in. Howay the Toon!

  • 8 big pea ov the weab // Feb 4, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    @edd surely u mean sunday game not sat

  • 9 SuperShearer // Feb 4, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    The officials decision weren’t ideal but at the end of the day we simply weren’t good enough. We give possession away so easily. And this continued mentality of hoofing the ball upfield when their defence towered over our strikers was a waste of time. There are moments of us looking good. Duff and Zog are brilliant down the left and Emre, although a little rusty, has the ability to be crucial for us. We just need to survive this season. Then bring in new faces in the summer. Right now though our team looks week. The energy is there but I’m not sure the belief is. In the final ten minutes yesterday we looked terrified at a Boro attack that frankly is not even half of what ours is.

  • 10 ronaldeano // Feb 4, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    I hope Mike Dean gets a good size 16 boot up his arse from the FA for that shocking display. The linesman should be hung in the middle of Soho square. We werent good enough to win the game but so what, 3 points we could of had if these clowns were doing thair jobs properly (the officials). They call themselves profesionals, they are nothing but a bunch of sunday morning league amatures. They should hang thair pig ugly heeds in shame. Bastards!

  • 11 Dragoner // Feb 4, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    i agree officials have been poor this year, not just with us, but in general, and it seems as though they just get worse. However, we lost because we were poor, we need to ditch a lot of players

  • 12 Bill F // Feb 4, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    Well we should have had an ugly win, no doubt at all in my mind about this. Trouble is when you are struggling these decisions seem to go against you. Still it was a point and you never know it might be just enough to keep us up.

  • 13 Leo* // Feb 4, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    two factors, poor reffing, and nicky butt

  • 14 ObaFan2 // Feb 4, 2008 at 1:41 PM

    The poor refereeing helped Boro get into the game.

    Referees seem to get away with poor performances all the time and considering the high standard of players nowadays the official’s standards are very very poor in comparison.

  • 15 Shanghaitoon // Feb 4, 2008 at 1:53 PM

    I didn’t see the game since i’m in Shanghai, but we’ve been on the end of some shocking ref decisions. When are they finally going to bring in video replay confirmation for these dodgy decisions. They have it in Rugby and tennis and yet there’s far more money at stake in football, a wrong result can mean millions to a club if they get relegated..

  • 16 Tripp // Feb 4, 2008 at 5:14 PM

    Why isn’t there video review for crucial decisions? This could have been easily solved with such technology, it would hardly disrupt the flow of the game and we’d be 3 points richer (I’m throwing in the Chelsea result here too). The resistance to this sort of innovation is really absurd.

  • 17 Reb // Feb 4, 2008 at 6:59 PM

    Interestingly, Michael Owen had a comment in the papers today that the team was joking after the match that he’s had more goals wrongly disallowed this season in the EPL than he has scored (I can think of three…v. Wigan, v. ManUtd and yesterday). Combined with a decision like that at Chelsea and it does seem like a lot of bad calls that haven’t exactly “evened themselves out” over the season, doesn’t it?

  • 18 cupiddstunt // Feb 4, 2008 at 8:48 PM

    It’s the FA that is suposed to control and improve the game but i recon if all the teams in the prem got together and told the FA what they wanted then the FA would roll over and give them it. So it really needs the clubs to get their heads together and force the change into action.

    Hey SuperShearer when you say “Right now though our team looks week” did you mean some of the players looked a little dayzed. ;-) ;-)

  • 19 marcus owen // Feb 4, 2008 at 10:23 PM

    Poor ref decision cost us the game. Players performance are ok, considering that they are playing under pressure.

    Butt, Smith & Carr are our weaknesses. Butt’s passing is awful. Smith just don’t know how to beat the offside trap. Carr don’t even jump when robert huth scored.

    The link up play between Duff & Zog is superb. Need to have the same at right hand side.

    We can also see that players like Owen, Barton, Emre, Cacapa & even Ameobi have started to pick their form.

    Take it easy about the result now. To us, it is not the most important thing already. We need our players to start enjoying their football and in return we enjoy to watch them playing. Good result will come.

  • 20 Whumpie // Feb 5, 2008 at 9:29 AM

    This is all down to the FA being run by a load of barrow boys in suits who don’t give a stuff about anything but the money. They are useless, amoral, stubborn, arrogant gits, the lot of them.

    Until they introduce retrospective punishment for cheating (which would turn the prem on its head, hence the “arrangement” with some big teams to let it continue) and TV replays (could interfere with their advertising schedules) then we’ll continue to pay £38 to see game after game getting the wrong result.

    This “it evens it self out” argument is garbage. If I’m spending serious money watching a game, I want the points to go to the team that won according to the rules. Not the best cheats or the luckiest on the day, or the ones with the supporters best at intimidating the officials.

    It doesn’t happen in any other sport. Go to a premiership rugby match and see how well the TV replays work. It totally changes the feel of the game for the better. It also goes a long way to reducing crowd trouble.




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