Williamson – Referee’s Decisions Cost Us The Game


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.

Mike Williamson – challenges James Milner on Sunday

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.



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7 comments so far

  • G

    Oct 5, 2010 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #1

    Just how much did Martin Atkinson recieve from the Mansurs for that match? I smell corruption here.

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  • Bucks mag

    Oct 5, 2010 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #2

    Willo is quality.

    On another note, if this is true he would be perfect to replace HBA
    http://www.goal.com/en-gb/news/2896/premier-league/2010/10/05/2151244/niko-kranjcar-pondering-a-move-away-from-tottenham-report

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  • coxonfamily

    Oct 5, 2010 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #3

    I don’t know what everyone else is thinking but as bad as the ref and DeJong were, I’m tired of hearing about it now. Unfortunatly It’s football and we should be moving on with the next game by now surely!

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  • Sav

    Oct 5, 2010 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #4

    Glad to see , Ed, you’ve toned down the note of desperation about the Wigan game. Hopefully, we will win it.

    Another shame about the penalties and injury – they were so momentous that performances by Tiote, Ameobi, Guti, Barton (in the face of constant abuse) and a great cameo by Big Sol have been rather overshadowed.
    Not to mention news of Coloccini’s injury – his groin? He was also having a great game before having to leave the field.
    Will Campbell win a place for himself when all 3 centrebacks are available? He looked top class to me and still has a turn of pace.

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  • Davies

    Oct 5, 2010 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #5

    Coxonfamily – Get ready for weeks of it mate. We’ve only just stopped hearing about Blackpool beating us at home.

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  • CT

    Oct 5, 2010 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #6

    As I said yesterday, we haven`t got the points return our performances in the main deserved but b4 the season expectations were survival first. Based on expected results/ actual achieved: Manure 0 pnts expected/ 0 pnts achieved, Villa 1/3,Wolves 1/1, B`pool 3/0,Everton 0/3,Stoke 1/0, M city0/0. Total expected 6 points/ total achieved 7 points. With luck we could easily have had another 7pnts aginB`pool ,Stoke and Mcity. As ED says luck eventualy evens out and I know there will be games we win that we won`t deserve! I can see Wigan kickstarting our season with 3 pnts/ Wham 1pnt/Shiters 3pnts/Arse o pnts/B`burn 3pnts/ Fulham 3pnts. Total 20 points by mid Nov!!! Guthrie/ Simpson/ Saylor return will help massively too!! Keep the faith!!

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  • cupiddstunt

    Oct 5, 2010 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #7

    “G“ that’s exactly what I was thinking, just what has Atkinson taken in gifts and/or gratuities for such a display or does he have a city shirt in his wardrobe?

    “Sav” Campbell has always had a good turn of pace, it is just some brain dead bellends that occasion this blog that go on about him being old and slow.

    For the numpties that can only think older has to be slower,

    “Using data captured over the last two seasons, Castrol have calculated the top speeds of every Premier League player and Walcott came out on top reaching 22.72 mph.
    And taking a shock second place, and proving that there’s life in the old dog yet, was Portsmouth defender Sol Campbell who recorded a hugely impressive 22.50mph top speed.”

    Yes we are two seasons on from there but he will have not slowed down that much as long as he retains his fitness.

    And here for the doubter that might think I am bullsh**ting try this http://www.footy-boots.com/walcott-fastest-premier-league-7666/

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