Newcastle manager Chris Hughton was not happy, to say the least, with inexperienced referee James Linington this afternoon, after seeing Newcastle get four poor penalty decisions (two for and two against) go against them.
Chris Hughton – poor refereeing this afternoon
Newcastle were knocked out of the FA Cup, with a 4-2 defeat at the hands of promotion rivals West Bromwich Albion this afternoon at The Hawthorns.
West Brom were awarded two dubious penalties and Hughton believed his Newcastle side deserved two penalties themselves, which they didn’t get, when Ryan Taylor and Shola Ameobi went down in the box.
Not surprisingly Hughton approached referee Linington on the pitch at the end of the game, and probably asked him which planet he thought he was on, and the rumoured answer was “Mars.”
An upset Chris Hughton said after the game:
“It is normal at the end of the game when you think that decisions have wrongly gone against you that some of the anger and frustrations come out.”
“The first goal, I can’t for the life of me see how a linesman can rule that over the line and of course there is the fact he has given two penalties against us and why he has not given any for us.”
“There was no explanation from him.” “I thought the first penalty we conceded was a soft one and if the referee is going to give a soft penalty like that he has to give the two penalties that were against Ryan Taylor and Shola Ameobi.”
And Hughton talked about the surprise dismissal of Ryan Taylor towards the end of the game:
“What we were led to believe is that he was going to give a yellow card and changed his mind to a red one.”
“I think that is incredibly harsh.” “Having got back to 2-1, we felt we had a good chance.”
“But at 3-1 and down to 10 men it was going to be incredibly difficult.”
“Losing is a setback. We wanted to make progress in the cup but it wasn’t to be and we now have to go on to our main objective.”
We think the referee just lost it in this game, and this can happen when a referee, still gaining experience, is given a big game, which this one was.
But we think enough of any complaints about this game, because it’s over now, and we have to put this behind us very quickly. We’re already over the disappointment of our first defeat in 15 games.
The club must now concentrate fully on the much more important job of getting promotion this season.
And with Steven Taylor and Shola Ameobi both injured, we must call on the powers that be at Newcastle – we suppose that’s owner Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias – to do the right thing, and quickly strengthen the squad before the end of January.
We have to give Chris Hughton and the lads every chance to take us back up, at the very first attempt.
The last thing we want is another season at this level, and we can start our drive towards promotion with all 3 points against Crystal Palace at home on Wednesday night.
Crystal Palace drew 2-2 at Wolves this afternoon, so they will not be short on confidence.