Joe Kinnear, the former Wimbledon and Nottingham Forest manager thinks the penalty awarded against Newcastle this afternoon at Craven Cottage, was a bad choice by referee Martin Atkinson.
Martin Atkinson – Kinnear fuming at penalty decision
The Newcastle manager is seeking an apology from Atkinson and believes the decision cost his side victory in West London.
Newcastle had just equalized through Ameobi, for the local lad’s 3rd Premier league goal of the season, and they were all over Fulham looking for the winner.
Kinnear told Sky Sports after the game:.
“I’m fuming, to be honest. We were the better team at the end of the first half and all the way through the second but we’ve lost.”
“It comes down to a referee’s decision and it’s cost us dear. Just before the penalty, Cacapa is pushed off the ball and the referee lets it go – it was an appalling decision and I’m so angry.”
“It keeps happening to us and the referee has a lot to answer for. I’m trying to hold back on what I really feel, but I’ll probably get in trouble anyway.”
That goal cost Newcastle the game, no doubt about that, because it took the wind completely out of the team’s sails, after Newcastle had just equalized, and were all over the Cottagers. But we honestly thought it was a legitimate penalty even though we know that Andy Johnson falls down in the penalty box all the time.
Danny Murphy dispatched the penalty brilliantly past Shay Given.
It would not have been a penalty if Cacapa hadn’t let Andy Johnson get past him so easily, and forced Fabricio Coloccini into the tackle which brought down Johnson, who made the most of it of course, but it was still a penalty, in our opinion.
No, this defeat was of our own doing, and we gave away two poor goals, let’s at least fess up to that.