Second Arsenal Goal Farcical – But Time To Move On


Newcastle were beaten 4-0 by Arsenal last night in the Carling Cup but had no luck at all.

Chris Hughton and Arsene Wenger greet each other last night

Chris Hughton again essentially played his second team making a full 9 changes from the side that played at West Ham on Saturday, and after playing well and containing Arsenal in the first half,  Arsenal went ahead in injury time of that first half with a bizarre Krul own goal.

The ball was headed back into the goal from a corner,  and went between Tim’s legs,  but Taylor was on the line and blocked it – but the ball then went into the goal off Krul’s head – how unlucky can you be?

In the second half Newcastle were always chasing the game and got caught three times in quick Arsenal breakaways, but the 4-0 score-line hardly represents how well the team did play and youngsters Vuckic, Ranger and Kadar all had good games and didn’t look out of place at all.

After the game Chris Hughton said:

“We showed spirit – it was a young side and we kept going all the way,”   “You can’t afford to make fundamental mistakes but I thought it was harsh on us.”

“We were playing a top-class side and in the first half we played a system that contained them a little bit – arguably Nile Ranger had the best chance of the half.”

“I thought the second goal was offside and, if it wasn’t, Mike Williamson was impeded. I felt it was an unjust decision.”  “We will put this one behind us – we’ve got a very big game on Sunday.”

There were some odd decisions by referee Andre Mariner last night, but the main one was for the second goal when Bendtner was about 10 yards offside, and as he was coming back onside, he knocked down Mike Williamson as he was chasing back to get to Theo Walcott, who has run through onto the ball.

Theo Walcott ran onto the ball well and tucked itaway, and we suppose the officials said Bendtner wasn’t interfering with play – but how could that be when he collided with Williamson?

We just watched the goal again on TV – and the commentator was right when he said it was a complete farce – it’s ridiculous to have allowed that goal.

But that’s it, Arsenal deserved to go through on the night, and it’s time to put the Carling Cup behind us, because we always knew the Premier League is the big one this season, and we need a home win on Sunday against Sunderland.

We’ve now played 5 games at St. James’ Park this season and lost 3 of them – and won just one – and that’s not good enough.

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8 comments so far

  • ronaldeano

    Oct 28, 2010 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #1

    Is it just me or does anyone elce think that EVERY ref in the PL has it in for us?

    Some of the decisions that have gone against us this season have been absolutely diabolical. It seems that the opposition has a 12th man (the ref) in every game….

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  • ronaldeano

    Oct 28, 2010 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #2

    1st!! :0)

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  • wibble

    Oct 28, 2010 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #3

    Hopefully the bizzare decisions will even themselves out over the season.

    Rather a dubious offside call in the Carling Cup than in a relegation 6 poinrt.

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  • tdt

    Oct 28, 2010 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #4

    There’s no doubt we’ve had it really harsh from the refs so far this season, Man C game and last night shows that. I just hope they even out over the season.

    I was gutted that we lost last night, but its only the cup so not that bothered really. Honestly, if you offered me 17th in the league and getting knocked out of the FA cup in the third round by a campionship team, I wouldn’t be that gutted come May 31st.

    If we can stay up (hopefully easily and even have a shout for a europa cup space), then next year we can buy some better attacking players and a couple of good defenders to really solidify the squads ability and push on into the top half.

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  • Sav

    Oct 28, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #5

    Should rid us of any vestage of complacency for Sunday anyway.
    If luck evens out over the season, as is often trotted out, we should get a hatful of unwarranted pennos by April- maybe starting this weekend?
    I thought last night the managers’ greeting looked a bit odd. Your photo confirms it. Looks as if Wenger is about to plant a smacker square on Hoots.
    A firm handshake is customary in these parts, Arsene.
    Looks like some kind of parent/child mind-games going on.

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  • Nolan96

    Oct 28, 2010 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #6

    Marriner didn’t give that penalty at Everton when Nolan had his legs taken away. Mackem in disguise?

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  • nden85

    Oct 28, 2010 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #7

    wolves vs barton, de jong vs ben arfa, man city pen againsts us, pen we didn’t get against man city, pen we didn’t get vs everton, fellani elbow, penalty against chelsea, that load of bollocks last night. i’m sure there are many many more that i haven’t listed.

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  • MacToon

    Oct 28, 2010 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #8

    “a complete farce”

    Indeed and as people have pointed out already the ref’s have been giving plenty of dodgy decisions against us so far this season.

    That aside, The ARSEnal are a top team, found loads of space in mf and on the wings and probably deserved the win but it’s a damn shame the ref helped them along the way AGAIN.

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