Newcastle had a few penalty appeals last night turned down, that manager Alan Pardew seems to think should have gone Newcastle’s way.
Alan Pardew – at Ewood Park last night
Referee Robert Madley awarded Blackburn a penalty after 64 minutes after Tim Krul had run out for a 50-50 ball and kicked it away, but the referee said it was a foul and a penalty, which seemed a harsh decision, to say the least.
Previous Newcastle decisions for a penalty seemed to be a lot more clear-cut than Tim’s supposed foul, after he had won the race for the ball.
Alan Pardew had this to say to the Newcastle web-site after the game last night:
“We were by far the better side, but sometimes events don’t go your way and certainly they didn’t go that way tonight.” “We just don’t give in – that’s why we’re always in the game,”
“Two fantastic goals got us into extra time, which we thoroughly deserved in my opinion, but again it just wouldn’t fall for us tonight.” “The momentum was with us all game in my opinion.”
“We were the only team who played really good football and we didn’t get our reward.” “Sometimes that happens in football. I never say you can win every game – you can’t.”
“There are lots of reasons we didn’t win tonight – and it wasn’t just about our performance.”
But Newcastle have had a lot of luck in their previous games this season, and there was bound to be a time when that luck deserted them, and that’s basically what happened last night.
It was still an excellent chance to get through to the last eight of the Carling Cup, since Blackburn are rock bottom of the Premier League and aren’t exactly world beaters – but the chance was lost.
The only thing to do now is to concentrate on getting something out of the Stoke City game next Monday night, as there are some tough league games coming up for Newcastle.
Those games are against Everton, the two Manchester clubs (United then City), Chelsea and Norwich City – in that order after the Stoke game.