Hughton Furious About Stone-Wall Penalty


Chris Hughton was very annoyed, to say the least, that Newcastle were not awarded a stone-cold penalty in the second half against Bristol City this afternoon.

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Chris Hughton – how was that not a penalty?

Newcastle  had been on top for a long time when Marlon Harewood, having turned away from Jamie McCombe inside the area, was brought down by the defender’s trailing leg in the 74th minute. A penalty!

But, to the astonishment of  the 43,000 fans inside St.James’ Park, referee Graham Salisbury waved away the appeals.

Chris said after the game:

“For me, it was an absolute certain penalty,”

“”There are some penalties where you are not sure whether the referee is going to give it or not.”

“But, with this one, I could have almost looked away because my first impression was just waiting for the referee to point to the spot.”

“For me, it was an absolute certain penalty, and at a time in the game when we were very much in the ascendancy and we might even have been able to go on from that having received a penalty and hopefully scored.”

“It’s a very difficult job they do and they won’t get all of the decisions right all of the time, but this one was a stonewall penalty and we’re bitterly disappointed.”

When bad decisions like this happen with referees today , which cost Newcastle 2 points, they should be shown the replay after the game, and asked to explain how and why they didn’t award the penalty, and they should be censored if  that is deemed appropriate.

We wonder what planet this referee was on when he saw Harewood brought down this afternoon.

But the bottom line this afternoon, unfortunately, is that it was 2 points lost for Newcastle.



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27 comments so far

  • OHurley

    Oct 3, 2009 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #1

    Call Guido. He’ll see about that ref… with some cement shoes. 🙂

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  • Chris F

    Oct 3, 2009 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #2

    yet again ref’s show no consistency at all.

    if it wasn’t a penalty, surely harewood must have dived, and thusly deserved a yellow card.

    but if he hasn’t booked him, that means he doesn’t think he dived, and if the defender was nowhere near playing the ball, it’s a penalty!

    i think the boys on radio newcastle had it spot on, the standard of refereeing in the coke league is shockingly poor.

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  • OHurley

    Oct 3, 2009 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #3

    chris f-

    your logic is spot on m8. unlike this ref’s decision. plonker.

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  • ginkoh

    Oct 3, 2009 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #4

    We didn’t win because we cannot take the chance we have not the stupid penalty from below par average referee in CCC. How can we expect from them ? they can give penalty to them without any touch or deny it when someone break our leg in penalty box.

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  • OHurley

    Oct 3, 2009 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #5

    I heard a guy was actually shot inside the box by a defender in the Crystal Palace game and it STILL wasnt a penalty.

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  • ginkoh

    Oct 3, 2009 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #6

    1 point is 1 point, accept and go on with it. we cannot do anything with that. This is Newcastle ! anything is possible here.

    Keep the faith.

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  • Jan Stavik

    Oct 3, 2009 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #7

    Toon would have missed the pen anyway.

    It’s really poor of a bunch of Premiership players not to be able to beat Bristol City. Toon are not good enough for PL this year, thank god they are playing in the coke league… We’d be battered in the Premiership.

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  • pearceet

    Oct 3, 2009 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #8

    Just seen the Hughtons post match interview and highlights
    how we didn’t win i don’t know defo peno had 4 other glorious chances and hit the bar unfortunately twice and post after a good shot 6 inches to the right and we would have won

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  • Big Dave

    Oct 3, 2009 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #9

    We just need to put away the chances we get, then we dont need to rely on a ref’s decision

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  • toonsy

    Oct 3, 2009 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #10

    The bottom line is ref crave and demand respect, but surely that will come only when they do their jobs correctly?

    Put it this way, i get a certain amount of respect and trust from my boss because i do my job correctly. Surely the same applies, albeit only in theory?

    Yes people can say that we should have scored anyway, without the “penalty”. But the fact is that these clangers should be eradicated from the game. Would we be saying we should have scored anyway if a dubious penalty was given up the other end? Anf if Bristol City had scored it?

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  • Shot Bru

    Oct 3, 2009 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #11

    Dunno if anyone seen Ian Holloway being interviewed after Blackpool’s game today, but he was bemoaning the fact that Palace scored a goal that was clearly offside. As usual he was his straightforward and amusing self, berating Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini for not introducing technology to clarify crucial decisions, especially as the 4th official has the technology at hand. His main point was that the game has become so fast that the 3 officials are struggling to keep up with the pace of the game and are inevitably gonna miss vital incidents.

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  • repo

    Oct 3, 2009 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #12

    Does matter if it was a pen we prob woudn’t scored it we were totaly shite today..

    had no creativity at all and all the players didnt know what they were doing

    another reason to get a real manager in place..

    chris h is clueless..

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  • Mikey25

    Oct 3, 2009 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #13

    I mainly think the result today was fallout from the QPR result really! We get one dodgy result and we seem to falter! Think a lot of our players role on confidence and a slight blip has a very big effect! Dunno why but our players seem to suffer more than most, dunno if its a knockon effect from relegation, pressure of being favourites etc! But end of the day Hughton/Calderwood should be grabbin the players and makin em sky high again!

    Poor result today, bit disappointed really if even the papers are saying we were robbed you know it must have been bad!!

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  • toonsy

    Oct 3, 2009 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #14

    Quiet on here tonight?

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  • toonsy

    Oct 3, 2009 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #15

    In a nutshell, whilst we were robbed today, the fact is that we could have been 7 points clear going into the international break. Thats a big big psycological edge over fellow promotion contenders and would have sent out a real message of intent. Dropping these points over the last 2 games is only going to give other teams confidence in my opinion.

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  • Doocey

    Oct 3, 2009 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #16

    I’m disappointed with this result.
    Another chance rued.

    Penalty or no penalty, we should be winning home, packed out crowd games.

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  • batty

    Oct 3, 2009 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #17

    we need a proper manager in and hughton to fck off with ashley ASAP

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  • batty

    Oct 3, 2009 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #18

    WHY THE FCK DIDNT HE PLAY RANGER

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  • tripp

    Oct 3, 2009 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #19

    “His main point was that the game has become so fast that the 3 officials are struggling to keep up with the pace of the game and are inevitably gonna miss vital incidents.”

    And that’s why ‘Ollie should be PM. I’ve never understood why football as to be so bassakwards on the technology point. It’s absolutely ridiculous that things can’t be reviewed… particularly offsides and goal line questions. Those take literally seconds to determine. Stopping play for the Harewood incident is more difficult in a continuous, theoretically fluid game like football, but I bet it could be done. Ice hockey has limited reviews and football is like men swimming in cement by comparison to the pace and fluidity of hockey. I don’ think that football needs the level of reviewability of American football, but some level of review should be introduced. It’s so painfully obvious that it’s necessary, I just don’t understand why anybody objects to it. Amazing.

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  • tripp

    Oct 3, 2009 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #20

    oh yeah, Ranger’s been bangin’ them in all season. I’m sure he woulda bagged a brace. CH should have put on some of our 13 year old academy children.

    And an earlier commenter is wondering why our players seem to loose confidence so easily…

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  • Toon_Factor

    Oct 3, 2009 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #21

    Well according to AndyNUFC, the referee had the absolute right not to give this blatant pen because we didn’t play very well!

    For me, Graham Salisbury or the blind b*****d as im going to call him from now on should be given a lenghty ban for this diabolical decision. You never know that decision could end up being a very costly one!

    Sometimes in football you need that slight bit of luck and help, neither of which we have or have ever had, the question is, if that was Man United would the ref have given it? yes i think so!

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  • batty

    Oct 3, 2009 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #22

    tripp wot the fck are u on

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  • Shot Bru

    Oct 3, 2009 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #23

    Batty who would you like as manager and why?

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  • Bill F

    Oct 4, 2009 at 1:28 AM

    Comment #24

    Someone said before game we’d get nowt from this ref and he was correct. Only just finished watching highlights and it looked as though Bristol never bothered our defence. Did Ranger or Carroll get on? If not why, smacks of poor tactical thinking.

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  • xfer

    Oct 4, 2009 at 4:51 AM

    Comment #25

    Championship referee… What are we expecting?

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  • ginkoh

    Oct 4, 2009 at 7:30 AM

    Comment #26

    I wonder why Hughton sub Ranger on 85 mins. He should have more time on the pitch.

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  • batty

    Oct 4, 2009 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #27

    shotbro avram grant

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