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.
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.