Kinnear – Bassong Sending Off Was Harsh

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.
Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • Crimecall Newcastle

    Dec 26, 2008 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #1

    Newcastle shud try and appeal bassong sending off seen as how easy heskey the monster went down under his challenge.duff and viduka waste of space past it and n’zogbia wasted as a left back a lot more effective on the wing

  • Silence of the Llambias

    Dec 26, 2008 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #2

    The Ref was appalling today.
    Cattermole should have got a red.
    This our second stretcher case from this player in weeks. Barton, and now Beye. Somebody ought to stop this bloke before he puts somebdy out of the game for good.
    It was good to see Andy Carroll come on and make an impact by putting himself about amongst their back line. If he had been on earlier we might have got something from this game.
    Give him a chance with Martins against Liverpool. I reckon they could cause a few problems.

  • Christoon

    Dec 26, 2008 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #4

    very rare an opposing manager agrees a penalty shouldve been awarded against his own team, credit to steve bruce

  • The_Legend_Of_Jonas

    Dec 26, 2008 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #5

    @crimecall newcastle – Enrique was injured in the warm-up and we were left with no other option. Unless you know of another left back that could deputise?

    The sending off and the penalty were a farce. Bassong saw the linesman flagging and let up for a second, stupidly thinking, that the ref had seen the same thing. He was then left with a couple of yards to make up and did so. Heskey went down after he touched his arm. End of..

    We didn’t play brilliantly today, but it took a great free kick to beat us and a very stupid penalty. Also, we could lose Beye for a while for what was a definite red..

    It drives me f*****g mad that sub standard refs are in control of professional footballers. They are simply jobsworths who have had a few years training, as opposed to pro footballers who have had a lifetime.

    It’s no coincidence that Collina was a budding pro footballer before his career got cut short.

  • clinta

    Dec 26, 2008 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #6

    one thing i don’t like about JK is his constant moaning about individual instances in every game we play poorly in.

    I’d rather him say well we could of got the lucky break, but really we were ordinary today and deserved nothing.

    he seems to be able to admit how hard we’ve worked and how good we played when we win, but a complete lack of responsibility when were poor.

  • Tommy_PA

    Dec 26, 2008 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #7

    It’s been obvious in recent weeks that N’Zogbia is more dangerous going forward on the left than Duff, so put Duff in at left back. Alternatively stick Edgar in there, or Taylor. I really don’t rate N’Zogbia at LB.
    Guthrie deserves a medal today, how the hell he managed to cope with Butt’s appalling passing today and still hold it together I will never know.
    If Oba’s not available then Carroll or Ranger need to partner Owen, Viduka is only fit for a 15 minute cameo at the end of any game. Tbh, unless Owen starts leading the team I’d bench him as well.

  • stk

    Dec 27, 2008 at 1:18 AM

    Comment #8

    yea we were poor, how much of that was down to a vicious negative wigan and some appalling reffing? joe has his points

    the penalty, even tho seb shoud know better than to tug at heskey, the foul orhinated well outside the area and heskey had a hold on seb. it was a crap decision tho and mike dean in general was pretty bad. shouldve been 3 yellows before the beye injury

    shame an injury is what it takes for refs to take control

    taiwo for left back!

  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 27, 2008 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #9

    We were ripped off, big time!..

    …The standard of reffin’ in our games has been scandalous…

    …How can this crap continue?..


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