Ryan Taylor was unhappy with the penalty decision that robbed Newcastle of a well earned victory yesterday,and he believes some officials in the Football League will also be out to make a name for themselves at Newcastle’s expense.
Ryan Taylor – unhappy with penalties yesterday
The former Tranmere Rovers and Wigan Athletic player was penalized for a tug on Chris Conway with five minutes left which resulted in a Dundee United penalty which was easily converted by David Goodwillie.
Newcastle actually conceded two dubious penalty-kicks after Kevin Nolan was said to have handled the ball after 66 minutes, but that effort was brilliantly saved by local goalkeeper, Steve Harper.
Taylor told the Evening Chronicle today:
“I thought it was a good workout, only to be spoiled by one of the worst refs I’ve ever seen.”
“He gave us nothing, but overall, we can take a lot of positives from the game.”
“After we went 1-0 up, he gave the first penalty, which was ridiculous. It wasn’t even a handball.”
“For the second one, he said I had pulled the lad. The lad got the ball, but even if I had pulled him, he was in a great position anyway.”
“He just couldn’t wait to give them something. From start to finish, I thought he was terrible.”
“However, it’s going to be like that for the rest of the season, and sometimes we are going to be playing 12 men.”
“We know, especially away from home, it’s going to be tough, but we’ve got so many different characters in the dressing room, and we all seem to gel as one.”
Ryan, who may well tie down the right back spot if, as now expected, Habib Beye is moved out of Newcastle, feels there is enough team spirit in the Newcastle dressing room see the lads through the season.
“We’re all enjoying training, and it’s all looking good at the minute.”
“I feel there’s enough energy, character and heart in the dressing room to get us through.”
Ryan hardly settled when he was signed form Wigan at the end of January, but it looks like he will have a chance to stake a claim in the first team in the coming season.
Of course we expect new players to come into the squad, but until we get a new owner and/or a new manager we’re not holding our breath on that one.