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.
““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?