Poor Refereeing Cost Us The Game – Hughton


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.

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23 comments so far

  • Tom Mo.

    Jan 23, 2010 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #1

    so mad..don’t really care about the cup, but how can you ref a game that badly?

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  • jimiley

    Jan 23, 2010 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #2

    We lost by TWO goals Mr Hughton. We scored our second in the last minute. I know you are earning a good screw, the best in your life, but if you want the respect of the fans, stand up and tell the truth. Ashley is a disaster. We just think at the mo you are a YES YES YES man.

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  • G

    Jan 23, 2010 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #3

    Glad we are out of the cup to be honest, I think we need to get our promotion campaign back on track, as of late the wheels appear to have fallen off a bit, and we keep coming away with one point when we need three. Back to basics CH, just get the team back to winning ways, who cares how pretty it isn’t.

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 23, 2010 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #4

    Hughton cant really complain about the first goal as im pretty sure Enrique palmed it out anyway, so if it didnt cross the line it was a penatly and red card.

    There are games that the odd refeering decisions could be pointed out but today was ridiculous.

    On a positive note, apart from “conceding” the penalty Kadar was very composed at he back and played a very assured game, so hopefully some competition for Williamson when we get a defender down.

    Smith needs to sort his passing out though for god sakes.

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  • ganiyu

    Jan 23, 2010 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #5

    if harper conceeds a goal in 3 matches at this level then we have a problem with the goalie.penalties are meant to be saved but we give excuses for loosing.its unacceptable.

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  • tappy lappy

    Jan 23, 2010 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #6

    I cannot understand why we put out a weakened team, we should be able to compete in more than one competition. We use to compete in the Premiership, Champions League and 2 cups. Look at Burnley last season. Look at Leeds this season. We have fallen so far and we need to start winning again or Forest and WBA will overtake us

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  • ziad

    Jan 23, 2010 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #7

    this defeat was no surprise.
    We need players fast even if we get one or two on loan !!
    The situation is Critical

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  • Let.Batty.Back

    Jan 23, 2010 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #8

    ganiyu so its all Kruls fault what are you sniffing

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  • Mikey25

    Jan 23, 2010 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #9

    Where’s the fight gone? Our players are shattered and route 1 football is being cancelled out by even our poorest opponents! It’s on hughtons shoulders to do something, we have a big squad (in fizzy pop standards) with quality throughout be it the kids or the old boys….why do we use the same crappy tactics and formation week in week out? Today….
    Krul
    Tayls…collo..kadar..bull
    Guthrie..smith..nolan
    Ranger..Carroll..lover

    That equals win! They wouldn’t expect it, their defence woulda been ruined and their whole game thrown out of sync! Instead same old route 1 and were found out! It’s not about doom mongering its about not being good enough in the past 6 games now! We never take the fight to any team. We’ve seen flashes of it but its almost like the players get told to curb it.

    Hughton needs a slap! as does nolan and smith! Both players should run the show against any opposition in our league but they’re underperforming. Why the hell can’t smith score? He scored against the worlds best and yes he had a bad injury but comeon!! Nolan is rated as the best player in the league, again why isn’t he dominating? why arent we trying new things with the right wing cos its shocking? Always excuses with us, ref did this, linesman did that etc!
    Apologies for the rant, just got back home from the game and I’m still seething from week in week leaving a game wondering why we didn’t do better!

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 23, 2010 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #10

    Mikey25….i get what you are on about with the route 1 football…in the first half we were just lumping it up to Carroll who was isolated and Olssen would win headers against most.

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  • NewcastleMole

    Jan 23, 2010 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #11

    @Tappy Lappy

    We have a thin squad which is even thinner when it comes to quality.

    Hughton will blame the ref what he needs to be doing is saying we weren’t good enough

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  • MOONCRUST

    Jan 23, 2010 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #12

    ganiyu get back to ur crack pipe

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  • batty

    Jan 23, 2010 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #13

    lololololololololololololol hahahahahahahahahahah

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  • GEORDIE69

    Jan 23, 2010 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #14

    With this blog been away for a while I forgot how clueless that Ganiyu was! SOS

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  • batty

    Jan 23, 2010 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #15

    aye geordie he a piss take

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  • Let.Batty.Back

    Jan 23, 2010 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #16

    welcome back bonny lad i have missed you around i even started the free batty boy campaign to get you re instaded i hope it helped. i wish i could stay around but the ruby” murray” lol is on its way

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  • batty

    Jan 23, 2010 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #17

    ur a loon bonny lad i hope u know that

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  • jimiley

    Jan 23, 2010 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #18

    This blog used to so active but I guess we are all just so brassed off with Ashley. Apathy rules. The team is boring even though its top of the league. Its so Stoke or Wimbledon. God help us if we do not get promoted. Relegation then beckons but I suppose that is better than being the new Leeds or Shef Weds.

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Jan 23, 2010 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #19

    Ban Batty! He’s a bad influence.

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  • Tanzy

    Jan 24, 2010 at 2:47 AM

    Comment #20

    some transfer news
    are targets are:
    perch we will increase bid to £1.5m
    williamson shud finally sign next week
    interested in tommy smith
    also harewood on loan
    danny simpson been signed

    thats all the news

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  • Toonmania

    Jan 24, 2010 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #21

    2 parrots where sitting on a perch
    1 said to the other can you smell fish !!

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  • Ericles

    Jan 24, 2010 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #22

    I agree with Tappy Lappy. Ashley and his lap-dog of a manager (?) are not going to revitalise NUFC. Recent performances are the result of the short-sighted and mean minded attitudes. We stink down the right flank and Nobby now plays at Leicester!!! Transfer targets are Championship journeymen not title winners or Premiership contenders. We will slip behind the bums rush style of WBA and Nottm Forest while we hope to be involved in the emotional turmoil of the play-offs. Proof of the pudding is Ashley’s ceiling of 30,000 per week. If we get promoted that means most of the present squad are to be sold if we get into the Premier.

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  • Darryl

    Jan 24, 2010 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #23

    Im a steward at boro. Alan thompson was at the game. Ashley williams anyone

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