It turns out that Referee Rob Styles will not be rescinding the red card he gave out last night to Habib Beye, which completely changed the complexion of last night’s game.
The referee promised Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear that he would review the incident after the game. Robinho was brought down as Beye tackled the City striker, as he was clean through from a great Wright-Phillips pass, and Styles awarded the penalty immediately and sent Beye off.
But we noticed last night that Robinho and Jo, the two Brazilians, were falling down all over the place, at the slightest of physical contacts. It did look like Beye deflected the ball away, and some would say it was a tremendous last ditch tackle from the Senegalese.
But the Daily Mail is today reporting that Styles is happy with his decision, and the sending-off will almost certainly stand. That will mean that Beye will miss Saturday’s derby game at Sunderland.
It will put a premature end to Beye’s short comeback, but on the positive side will ensure he’s well recovered from his Achilles injury. Referee Styles believed that in attempting to reach the ball, Beye fouled the Brazilian, denying him an obvious goal-scoring opportunity.
Well, we’ll just have to get on with it, and it turns out that Geremi did very well last night throughout the game, and will slot nicely into the right back position on Saturday. We need the Cameroon International’s experience right now, and he seems to be playing well for manager Joe Kinnear.
With Jonas Gutierrez fit for Saturday we will have 3 wingers in N’Zogbia, Duff and Gutierrez to choose from, and Geremi will not be required on the right wing.
We think Gutierrez and Duff will start, with Charles on the subs bench again, but the young Frenchman will again be used sometime during the game.