Joe Kinnear has come out this morning and blamed the officials for our poor result at Craven Cottage yesterday, but it was our defense that cost us the game. You cannot give two poor goals away to any team in the Premier league and expect to win.
Joe Kinnear – poor officiating yesterday
Joe talked today to the Newcastle Journal after the game:
“I don’t think we started that well, but we certainly finished the first half the better side and I thought we dominated the second half. If we’d had a proper referee, we would have come away with something,”
“There was a blatant foul prior to the penalty. Everybody’s seen it. It was a blatant push, and he’s ignored it. I don’t have any complaints about the penalty decision itself, but it’s what happened before that I’m angry about. If anybody was going to win that game, it was us, because we were camped in their half.”
“Claudio Caçapa was on the ball, but (Andrew) Johnson has completely pushed him out of the way. He’s got on the ball and gets the penalty. We get a Mickey Mouse referee doing nothing.”
“You don’t speak to referees nowadays, do you? You’ve got the likes of Graham Poll and all the other ex-referees talking all the time.”
“He’s made an error and it’s cost us. We had another one against Manchester City that cost us points. It doesn’t stop, but that’s the standard of refereeing in this country. It happens week in, week out, but they always have a smart answer.”
“They’ll tell you they didn’t see it because someone was obstructing their view. You can count the ones you want to respect on one hand. The refereeing has got worse. They used to put their hands up if they made mistakes – now they go and hide.”
Joe may well be cautioned for those comments, because the FA doesn’t take kindly these days to adverse criticism of referees.
But we’d rather concentrate on what we could have done yesterday to win the game and didn’t. The first goal yesterday was a disastrous goal to give away at a bad time, and although Fulham were the better side in the first half, if we could have held it to 0-0 we would have been in with an excellent chance of 3 points.
But Fulham gave a Fulham type display, to their credit, and worked their socks off for the win, and it’s true that no Premier League game these days is easy.
This was another below par performance from Cacapa, who was culpable for both goals, and we think Newcastle wil not take up their one year option on the Brazilian this summer.
We’ve lost 3 points through a display that just wasn’t good enough on the day, and we are very disappointed, to say the least. We could have been in 10th place with a win, which is where Fulham are now.
But we need to live and learn, and ensure we get all 3 points next Saturday against Wigan at home, and we think we’ll do just that.