The Chelsea game cost Newcastle United quite a lot last Saturday.
Demba Ba brought down by David Luiz after four minutes
Not only should have Newcastle been playing against 10 men after just four minutes, when referee Mike Dean should have sent David Luiz off, but to make it just a little bit harder to bear Mike has admitted to his mistake.
And on the opposite side of things 29 year-old referee Stuart Attwell mistakenly sent Gary Cahill of Bolton off against Tottenham and had his decision over-turned this week on appeal from Bolton.
The Mike Dean refereeing decision cost Newcastle probably 3 points and Attwell gifted Tottenham 3 points, and add to that we have lost both Steven Taylor and Danny Guthrie through injury – then last Saturday’s game was hardly a good one for the Magpies.
But would you believe both those referees have game sin the Premier League this weekend – where’s the accountability for these referee decisions that turn games?
This is what Alan Pardew said about it today:
“I would have felt very, very confident going into this period if I had had all of my squad here, but I haven’t,”
“The biggest problem from the weekend, and perhaps the decision from the referee that would have changed the game, is that we put in more effort against Chelsea than we have done in any other game this season.”
“That’s cost us injuries to Danny Guthrie and Steven Taylor. It just goes to show how important those decisions are.”
“It’s interesting to see that the referee at our place, who admits to a mistake, and the Bolton referee who sent Gary Cahill off at Tottenham have both got games this weekend. I think that’s something that is interesting.”
The thin Newcastle squad is now being exposed, and we wonder if Mike Ashley will come through and bring in say three good players in the January transfer window to strengthen the squad?
We hope so but we cannot see Mike spending more than say £10M on new players, but that may be enough.
Alan Pardew surely deserves to be supported for the great job he has done so far in his Newcastle career.