Joe has come out today and said he is innocent of the charges leveled at him by the FA yesterday.
Joe Kinnear – innocent of the charges leveled at him by FA?
Joe talked about the incident today:
“I’m going to defend myself against any charge because on this occasion I have done nothing wrong and I’m determined to clear my name,” “I still haven’t been told exactly why I was sent from the dug-out, but I believe it was for supposedly saying something to the linesman.”
“I don’t know because I’ve not been told by the referee. I will fight this because I’m frustrated and disappointed it has happened.”
“The thing that I find strange is I’ve no idea how the linesman has heard what I’ve supposedly said from where he was standing and with all the noise that was going on.”
“Chris (Hughton) was having his say and I did say something, I know what I said, but I’ll wait until I have to give my defense before I talk about that any more.”
“There was plenty of noise around, the fans behind the linesman were absolutely furious and they were saying plenty to him as well, the whole place went crazy.”
Kinnear seemed upset at the free kick awarded against Sébastien Bassong for a shove on Stoke striker Ricardo Fuller, and we have to watch this, because shoulder charges and physical contact are all part of the game.
But Newcastle defended the free-kick like schoolboys, and that’s the reason Stoke scored.
“I’m not blaming the linesman or the referee. It’s not their fault Stoke scored, we defended the free-kick badly and that was why they scored.”
“It’s our own fault we conceded a goal in injury time because we knew they were dangerous from set-pieces and we switched off at the crucial moment.”
“The free-kick should never have been given, it wasn’t a foul, there was barely any contact at all and I couldn’t believe it was judged to be foul play. Mistakes happen though.”
“But we are soldiering on and things will turn in our favor as long as we keep plugging away.”
That last sentence is important because it’s right that we haven’t had the rub of the green recently, and if we stop feeling sorry for ourselves, and soldier on, as Joe says, things can turn around, and turn around quickly.
We have to keep the spirit in the squad high, and learn from the mistakes we made last Saturday, and perhaps we can even get a good result on Saturday at Portsmouth to help us quickly forget last Saturday.