Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear believes that Newcastle should have had a second penalty in injury time this afternoon at The JJB Stadium.
Carroll – could have had another penalty area in dying minutes
Newcastle had clawed themselves back in the game at 2-1, after 88 minutes, when Danny Guthrie scored from a penalty, and then there were 6 minutes added for stoppage time.
Andy Carroll had won the penalty just minutes earlier, and then he seemed to be brought down inside the area again, but instead referee Mike Dean booked Andy for what he said was a dive.
Manager Joe Kinnear said after the game:
“I thought it was a certain penalty at the end with Andy Carroll,”
“Steve Bruce also thought it was a stonewall penalty but in the end Andy has been booked which is very disappointing.”
“Our lads gave their lot in the final stages and pushed on and I thought we could get an equalizer.”
“Big Andy has changed the complexion of the game when he came on and did well to win the penalty which gave us that hope.”
“If only the second one had been awarded we could be sat here talking about a draw.”
22 year old center-back Sebastien Bassong was given a straight red card after bringing down Emile Heskey inside the penalty area, although the initial contact came well outside the penalty box.
And Joe added:
“I thought the sending off was very harsh because Emile Heskey has waited until he was in the area and has gone down very easily.”
“We’ll now be without Seb for Liverpool which is a blow, especially given Beye and Enrique are also missing.”
And of Enrique, who injured his hamstring during the pre-match warm up, Kinnear said:
“It was a bad start to a bad day.”“I had to make a quick decision and, because we had no other left-backs.”
“I had to bring Mark Viduka in and switch Charles N’Zogbia to full-back.”
“It wasn’t ideal but I thought Charles did well.”
Today was a let down and Joe is putting a good face on what was an off-key performance from the team, but now we will be struggling against Liverpool on Sunday, because of our paper-thin squad.