Mike Williamson has come out today and talked about the penalty decision against him, which was one of referee Martin Atkinson’s mistakes in Sunday’s game at Eastlands, that allowed the home side, and the richest club in the world, to take all 3 points.
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This is what Mike told The Journal this morning:
“From the angle it was difficult for the ref to make that decision,” “I was looking at the linesman to make it and he never did.”
“So I was even more shocked when the referee actually gave the penalty. It was disappointing.”
Tévez was the player supposedly brought down, and he converted the penalty himself, and Mike thinks it was an important moment in the game, although Newcastle did come back within 8 minutes with a great goal from the in-form Jonas Gutierrez.
And of course there was a case for Williamson to have received a red card rather than a yellow, and we’re not sure if it really was a foul, why it wasn’t also a red card.
Mike believes the referee’s actions was that he was uncertain it was a foul in the first place, as he continued:
“Potentially it should have been a red card, if you go by the letter of the law,” “I don’t know whether the referee thought it was a dubious penalty so he didn’t want to send me off. Maybe that was in his mind.”
“Unfortunately it was the turning point of the game.” Were we on the wrong end of the refereeing decisions? Massively. They all went against us.”
“It’s a disappointment because it’s one of those places that’s a very difficult place to come to and if you don’t get the rub of the green, it’s even harder.” “We did our job, but the referee cost us the points.”
The defeat was of course Newcastle’s second in succession, but in the last two game with some luck, we could have had all 6 points, so the performances in our first 7 games have really been worth more than the 7 points the lads have picked up.
We hope in the next 7 games we’ll have a lot more luck, which always tends to even out over a full season – usually.
But one area we just have to improve on if we are to avoid another relegation struggle is our form at home.
And the next game up is at St. James’ Park against Wigan Athletic, and if we don’t win that game, we can start to get a little worried about things.
Comments always welcome.