Yesterday Was Just Not Newcastle’s Day

We have a feeling that yesterday’s game was one of those days, when nothing went right for Newcastle – nothing at all. It started badly with an injury to Jose Enrique in the warm up, and went downhill from there.


Damien Duff – missed good chance for Magpies right at the end

But after being outplayed for the most part by Wigan, it didn’t stop the 10 men of Newcastle coming back in the last 10 minutes of the game to almost snatch a point.

And Damien Duff had a great chance to be the hero, for the second week running, but this time Damien hit the ball wide and high, when it looked easier to score, in the 93nd minute.

Joe was not happy after the game, especially with referee Michael Dean, who didn’t have a good game:

“The day started badly with José and got worse from there,”

“He got injured in the warm up and we had to make a quick decision and change formation. We don’t have any other left-backs available so it was a case of dropping Charlie (N’Zogbia) back and bringing Mark Viduka on.”

“It’s not looking good for Liverpool at all. There’s about four or five players who were playing at Wigan who will struggle to play on Sunday.”

“In total I think we have about eight first-teamers injured now.” Viduka has torn his groin, Enrique’s is a calf injury.”

Bassong was sent off for pulling Emile Heskey’s shirt in the penalty area after 72 minutes, but way before they reached the area, the linesman was flagging for a foul on Heskey, so the referee played on and once Emile got into the box, he picked his time to to fall down to get the penalty – and the referee fell for it.

But Newcastle, on the positive side, have to have a good chance of appealing this red card, because it should never have been a sending off, and not a penalty either. And it brings into question what exactly is the rule for playing on – if the player doesn’t get the advanatge, is the referee then supposed to bring the play back?

Of course referee Dean will say that’s irrelevant because Bassong fouled Heskey in the penalty box, for a second time.

Joe Kinnear continued:

“Heskey was offside to start with, but I’m in enough trouble with referees that I don’t really want to open my mouth and tell the truth,” “Let’s just say I can’t find the words to express his performance.”

“If he gives a penalty for Heskey, he has to give one for Andy Carroll. Heskey’s done well, he’s held him off, lost his balance and then thrown himself to the floor. He’s 6ft 3in, for Christ’s sake – but the referee fell for it.”

“Then at the other end, Andy Carroll has been hacked down from the back. It’s clear-cut, even (Wigan manager) Steve Bruce has said exactly the same, but the referee has given nothing. I think that summed up his performance.”

Cattermole had another Newcastle player in hospital, after he had put Joey Barton out of the game at St. James’ Park earlier this season, and yesterday he put in another reckless tackle, this time on right back Habib Beye:

Joe said:

“If I was being kind I would call it a reckless challenge. It was exactly the same challenge he made against Joey Barton.”

“(Beye) went straight to hospital and they might be keeping him in (overnight).” “We know it’s a badly bruised knee but we’re not sure whether anything’s fractured yet.”

“He definitely has no chance of being involved on Sunday.” Despite being outplayed for most of the game, Damien Duff missed two chances to claim a point after Carroll won an earlier penalty, for a challenge by Chris Kirkland.”

The best way to handle this game, is to forget about it, and prepare to get back on track against Liverpool.

We had a little luck in winning last weekend against Spurs, and yesterday we had no luck whatsoever, and with just a little we could have had a point, but on overall play Wigan were probably the better team.

Joe will now prepare the side for Liverpool, and with good support from the Toon Army, anything is possible in that game.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • Xisco Stu

    Dec 27, 2008 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #1

    Now just watch the FA give JK another punishment for his comments again because they don’t do anything else these days.

  • wsq

    Dec 27, 2008 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #2

    whatever just when u start heaping praise that’s when it gets to their heads, bassong thinks he’s better than everybody.

    nzogbia left back duff left wing martins will be back
    geremi at right back what injury crisis!

    giving excuses even before the match has started, idiots!

    why can’t given save taylor’s free kicks! he should be benched.

  • King Joe

    Dec 27, 2008 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #3

    Let’s hope lady luck comes back on our side come Sunday. Lord knows we need it…


    Dec 27, 2008 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #4

    I share that feeling…it wasn’t our day. We have a chance to put it right tomorrow. Understand my right, I don’t expect anything out of the game except a fighting toon army!

    If we loose, so it be, but please fight against it from start to the end! Give everything for the last time in 2008 and then see what we get of it!

  • King Joe

    Dec 27, 2008 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #5

    Off topic- Did anyone else see Wenger’s post match interview? The man has lost it…


    Dec 27, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #6

    I for one want to see that fighting spirit! I want to hear the geordies chanting and scaring the reds out of st. james’s park! Let’s shwo the lads that we are behind em, no matter who plays! We are behind em, together we are a force…I’m starting to feel a lot more confident for tomorrow.

    We are the toon army, let’s show it on the field, lads!!!

  • Nick C

    Dec 27, 2008 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #7

    We were mugged yesterday by Dean. Absolutely disgraceful.
    Taylors free kick = dubious
    Their penalty. Just plain embarrassing decision making.
    Cattermole? Don’t get me started.
    and Finally. Clear penalty on Carroll.

    I know you can blaim tactics or individual errors. But when u up aghainst refereeing of that ineptitude you might as well just pack in.

  • King Joe

    Dec 27, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #8

    Elfer- Thta is exactly the kind of mentality JFK needs to re-instill back into the lads. Now is not the time to lick our wounds. We have to go into this game with the same amount of confidence that we had after beating Spurs…


  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 27, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #9

    Robbed!..As per F**kin’ usual…What a shit days reffin’…I’m truely disgusted!..

    …No foul for the 1st goal…
    …Cattermole is a dirty bastard & shoulda been off, that Barton & Beye now…nctu!..
    …That was not a pen, what were the officials thinkin’, oh, they weren’t!..
    …Why was Seb sent off?..
    …Why didn’t Carrol get a 2nd pen?..
    …How come Shay wasn’t aware of taylors freekicks by now, no one on the line & he hesitated before divin’!..
    …Why do these ridiculas decisions keep happenin’…Remember Shearers ‘ball over the line v wigan?..

    …ps…How did rooney & ronaldo stay on the pitch yesterday, again?..
    …How the F**K was agbonthehoare’s dive a pen v the arse?..
    …Refs are ruinin’ this game, they can’t keep up, they’re inconsistant, they give decisions to who they want & they seem to barely know the F**kin’ rules…& they don’t listen to the refs asses…Wan*ers!..

  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 27, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #10

    Oh yea, how did ballack stay on the pitch also?..
    …He plays for chavski!..

  • Sav

    Dec 27, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #11

    Sir Bobby might get a game if this injury crisis doesn’t clear up.

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Dec 27, 2008 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #12

    Just as pathetic as mike deans display yesterday is the fact that a manager can no longer come out and say what he thinks about the match through fear of being fined and not allowed to do his job properly the following week.
    This whole respect the ref thing is a joke. its not so much respect the ref as it is
    “put up with horrendous decisions and dont dare open your mouth about the ref afterwards” campaign. totally sick of it. people go on about how we have the best league in the world, but britain has some terrible refs. he’s made some pathetic decisions all over the field yesterday and ruined any competitive edge to the match.


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