There were no complaints from Alan Pardew for the sending off of Ryan Taylor in the second half on Saturday, but that could have cost Newcastle a valuable 2 points.
Ryan Taylor – after being sent off
Referee Chris Foy didn’t seem to have much hesitation in showing Ryan the red card, and that was Chris’ first red card of the season in the Premier League, and hard luck on Ryan, who had only returned from his bad ankle injury.
But the good news for Ryan is he looked a very good player in the first half and put in some excellent crosses from free kicks and corners, and we think he’ll get more playing time under Alan Pardew, than he did when Chris was here managing the Magpies.
It seemed that Alan was pleased again with the gutsy performance of his troops after the game, and agreed with Foy’s decision.
This is what Alan said:
“Go back 10 years and the boy ain’t getting sent off – he might not even get a booking.””
“I think there is a directive on two-footed challenges off the ground,” “They call it ‘launched’ and I am not arguing against the red card. I think in the speed of play you have to send him off. But when you look on the replay it doesn’t look that bad.”
“Whether it is a good or bad thing it is probably the right way to go with the players we have in the world now, and how important they are to the TV and entertainment of the game and their clubs. We need those players, so perhaps it is the right thing.”
Owen Coyle seemed to be full of compliments for both sides, as both teams went out to attack and win the game from the off, and that first half was end to end stuff, and Newcastle should have certainly scored more than the single goal.
But the game was yet another exciting encounter at St. James’ Park, in front of a decent 48,062 crowd.
After the game Owen Coyle, who is proving himself an excellent manager for Bolton, said:
“The thing we all crave is consistency,” “If a red card is given for a certain offense, it has to be given every week and not because one is as bad as another one. I am a great believer in trying to keep 11 v 11 on the pitch. I just want the best team to win on any given day.”
“But if something is naughty or endangering players, in the big scheme of things it only takes one of those challenges to hurt someone seriously and we certainly do not want that. We have to try and stamp out anything reckless or dangerous.”
Owen is right, but just how was Ryan’s tackle any different from the one that Manchester City’s Nigel De Jong made on Ben Arfa, which broke the Frenchman’s leg in two places, at Eastlands in early October?
I bet if you showed the two tackles one after the other, not many people (referees included) who didn’t previously know the outcome, would know which one got a sending off, and which one didn’t even get a yellow card, even though it broke the other players’ leg in two places.
But we suppose that’s what Owen is referring to – consistency.