Martin O’Neil Has No Complaints With The Two Red Cards

Lee Cattermole was up to his old tricks yesterday after the final whistle,  as he went over the referee and his assistants and ranted at them with foul language.

Shola Ameobi scores in the 91st minute

Has anybody ever told  this lad he just cannot do that?

So he got a straight red card and will now miss the quarter finals of the FA Cup, and the game next week against Liverpool amongst others, , and so will Sessegnon after he was sent off for a blatant elbow to Cheick Tiote after 58 minutes.

Martin O’Neill was pleased with his team after the match, although disappointed they couldn’t have held out another four minutes to get a famous victory:

“The referee said Lee had been sent off for foul and abusive language towards him,” “I don’t think you can be doing that sort of thing – he should be leaving that to me if that’s the case.”

“I don’t have any complaints about Sessegnon’s sending off either. I’ve seen it back very briefly, but he’s raised his hands and been sent off. It was stupid and I couldn’t be more disappointed. I have no problem with that whatsoever.”

“In mitigation, we had heard some of their staff had visited the referees’ changing room at half-time. We’re not party to what was said, but Lee’s mitigation is that he felt a lot of decisions had gone Newcastle’s way in the second half.”

“That may be. It doesn’t necessarily mean I agree with it, although if Newcastle look back, they will maybe consider themselves lucky to have kept 11 men on the field.”

Newcastle boss Pardew denied any claims that Newcastle had visited Mike Dean in the dressing room at half time, and it’s a bit of a mischievous thing to suggest after the game.

The fact was that both sides put in a  good second half display after the players were too much out of control and lacking discipline in that first half, and the first 30 minutes in particular.

Sunderland were the better side in the first half, and Newcastle were the better side in the second half, and maybe a draw was a fair result – but who’s worried about fairness in the results of these game – certainly not the fans.

And Newcastle had goalkeeper Tim Krul to thank for a brilliant double save from Seb Larsson and James McClean after 56 minutes, and a second goal then would have been difficult for the Magpies to overcome.

O’Neill continued:

““I think there were a number of incidents in the game,” “They may be played back repeatedly, but a red card to a Newcastle player didn’t happen. I’m just passing comment.”

“I think it’s two points that have slipped through our fingers,”“I’m disappointed that we’ve dropped those points when we’d almost seen it through, but I’m very, very proud of the team. I thought it was a fantastic effort by them.”

“I thought we looked very dangerous in the first half and fully deserved the lead when we got it. Throughout the first half, we were causing them all sorts of problems.”  “We had a great chance to make it 2-0 in the second half.”

“And I think it would have been a long way back for Newcastle at that stage.”  “Newcastle’s season has been terrific for them and they were never going to give up, but even with the ten men, I thought we coped admirably with everything that was put into the penalty box.”

It was a passionate game as we all expected, but Newcastle must now buckle down and try to pick up some points in their 11 remaining games of the season.

The next few games are Arsenal away, Norwich at home,West Brom away and Liverpool at home.

Those are four difficult games with West Brom having beaten Chelsea 1-0 on Saturday afternoon to win their last three league games on the trot, and the defeat cost Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas his job.

And to think it cost Chelsea £13M to get him out of his previous contract at Porto and he didn’t even last a full season at Stamford Bridge.

Is that a waste of money or is that a waste of money?

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • cyprus

    Mar 5, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #1

    Thanks for reading my past comments, AP
    So, here’s the plan. You start by first picking HBA, like Barca have adapted their whole game around Messi and have no real forwards. Then, pick our top players (Ba, Guti, Krul, Cabaye), play Shola for last 10 minutes (please note, only) and the rest is up to you!

  • cyprus

    Mar 5, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #2

    On this article,
    O’Neil makes a lot of sense, it was great to see two coaches who were as passionate as the players!

  • Dannyo

    Mar 5, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #3

    I agree on the passion. Coaches are barely allowed to celebrate a goal these days without being told they have no class.
    I loved seeing Pardew running over to O’Neill and shoving it up his face when we got the penalty. Maybe he shouldn’t have tho, charma’s a bitch, lol.
    Anyways, it kind of epitomized why this clash is the greatest derby in the English league.
    Fun to watch, and the 2nd half was excillirating as hell.

  • Toon Tang

    Mar 5, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #4

    chris waddle is a complete tit . in trying to not sound biased he went the complete opposite on espn commentary and came across a right shafter.


  • Toon Tang

    Mar 5, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #5

    and to eds question at the end of the piece..

    it is indeed a waste of money mate haha

  • wynsleap

    Mar 5, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #6

    Sick of hearing:
    a) How the game got out of hand
    If the ref. had sent rightly off Clattermole for his first minute dangerous scissor tackle on Tiote we wouldn’t have had all the following mayhem, As usual rank bad, incompetent and gutless refereeing.
    b) How the Toon were lucky
    We should have had two more penalties, Ba missed a penalty and hit the crossbar and there were numerous near escapes in the Sunderland penalty area.
    c) How Tiote milked the Sessegnon departure
    Sessegnon was going off before Tiote ‘went down’. Straight red. No argument. After the first Clattermole challenge I might have felt like “influencing” things a little further too. (back to a).
    d) How we were lucky to get the equaliser in so much extra time.
    If the Mackems hadn’t been playing for time from the first whistle the game may have ended on time. The amount of time taken over deadballs, throw ins etc. was ridiculous and the goalkeeper in particular should have been booked for time wasting.
    d) How we supposedly went into the ref’s dressing room to ‘improve’ our chances after half time.
    O’Neill should be made to reveal his source, the ref,. should make a statement and if this is untrue the Mackems should make a public apology to the club through the media.
    Facts of the matter were that we were atrocious in the first half through a stupid Williamson incident (which, however, goes on unpunished in nearly every game you see) and absolutely superb in the second half when Ben Arfa came on to torment them. Another myth exploded here – we were going to do that all second half whether Sessegnon was on or not.
    Final thoughts – Clattermole is an animal and should be nowhere near a football pitch with fellow professionals and O’Neill wants to grow up.
    Sermon over.


    Mar 5, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #7

    What was O,neil expecting with such a game?

    If we had,nt made the equaliser! Then there would be much less moaning coming from O,neil!

    They tried and succeeded in kicking us off the park in the first half! So we just could,nt get going as far as playing is concerned! The second half was different and a draw was a fair score in the end!

    Of course their trainer is gonna bitch afterwards but then again its all par for the course! is,nt it!

    Now Arsenal away! And hopefully we,ll get to play the Football against them, which we could,nt against the Mackems!


    Mar 5, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #8


    4 points lost the last two games… Can’t help but be disappointed. We would very well placed for Europe right now. Not good enough last night – not enough quality. Tiotes a good defensive midfielder but cannot pass and lacks creativity. Gutierrez has to move into the module or into defense. He cannot produce a good ball. He must have taken his defender on 20-30 times last night but crossed the ball maybe 3 times, meanwhile benarfa was on the right waiting to get it.
    Think Danton would’ve been good to have there on the left but prob injured.. Simpson is a championship defender at best.
    Very happy with where we are and cannot fault this team but we need more quality on the ball. Teams like Swansea and Norwich and fulham are playing better staff I feel

  • Steve_48

    Mar 5, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #9

    @ wynsleap // Mar 5, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    Right on brother


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