Newcastle United interim manager Joe Kinnear has asked referee Rob Styles to rescind the red card he gave to Habib Beye, after just 14 minutes, in the 2-2 draw with Manchester City at St. James’ Park last night.
Habib Beye – likely to miss Sunderland game
Kinnear told BBC Sport:
“When he has a look and sees it was a fair tackle I hope he’ll be good enough to adjust the decision that he has made.” “It’s a hard thing to do, but sometimes it’s the truth that comes out.”
If the red card is not rescinded it means Beye’s come-back is short-lived and he will have to sit out the important game at Sunderland on Saturday. And it’s rather rare that red cards are rescinded, but we should hear the result within a day or two.
“It’s not the penalty that I’m worried about, it’s the suspension, the loss of the player. We’re in a position where that’s the last thing we need to happen to us,” “We’ve worked on a lot of things – belief and organization are two of many things – and the players have been very receptive to anything we’ve put their way,”
“The players are thinking more, there is more chat, more organization on the pitch. They were a very quiet set of lads when I came but now we seem to have people who are prepared to take responsibility on the pitch.” “That all comes with results. People go into their shells when things are going badly. You have to bring the best out of players. You have to sit down with most of them individually because they’ve all got different personalities.”
“I’m really pleased and I feel we’re on the up. We’ve got key players coming back. We’ve got a massive game to look forward to next week and we’re going into that game with two decent results.”
It was a great display from the Newcastle side tonight, given the unfortunate circumstances, but we still could have done with all 3 points, and it’s such a pity that City equalized with just 3 minutes remaining of normal time.
To hear Manchester City manager Mark Hughes talk to Sky Sports after the game, it seemed like everything went against City and Newcastle got two lucky goals right out of the blue. Mark – let us remind you that it was Newcastle who were the team that were reduced to ten men.
But of course Hughes is now in the unenviable position of having to get wins, because otherwise his job will be probably be at risk, from their new billionaire owners.
We wonder which game he was watching. But there’s one thing that was plain to see, and that was Hughes’ star team were outfought by a hungry Newcastle United side, even with just 10 men.