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Poor Officiating Robs Newcastle In 0-0 Stalemate With Metalist

10:11 pm, Thursday, February 14th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 45 Comments

Papiss Cisse scored two perfectly good goals in this game tonight at St. James’ Park against Metalist Kharkiv, but the same referee’s official in each half – disallowed the goals for offside – and TV replays showed Cisse was onside in both cases and the goals should have stood.

lonas gutierrez in action

Jonas Gutierrez in action tonight

There’s not much you can do about blatantly poor officiating like this, but it was even worse when it was the same official and the same player scoring the disallowed goals – two poor decisions by the referee’s assistant and otherwise Newcastle could have won this game 2-0.

And Alan pardew ill no doubt point to the two goals disallowed – which would have given Newcastle a good 2-0 win on the night.

But the truth is that Cisse also missed at least another three good chances including one with only 20 seconds to go in injury time,  when his header from only six yards out hit the goalkeeper, but he should have scored – and he was also clean through on 31 minutes but his shot again hit goalkeeper Olexandr Goryainov, who had a good game for Metalist.

With 90% of our readers in the poll before the game expecting Newcastle to win – this will go down as a poor result and only slightly better than a medicare display by almost a full strength Newcastle side, and it will now be very difficult to get through next Thursday when we will need to field a second team, because of the league game against Southampton four days later.

This was a chance lost by Newcastle tonight in front of 30,157 fans but Metalist Kharkiv also showed themselves to be a very good side, and why they won their group so convincingly.

Here ‘s how we saw the game as it happened.

Both sides started off playing careful and controlled football and certainly Metalist looked a good and well organized side.  After 19 minutes it was Gabby Obertan who did some good work and finished with a shot that was just wide of the goalkeeper’s right hand post – a good effort form the Frenchman.

And then a couple of minutes later there was a let-off for Newcastle when two Metalist players seemed to get in their own way in Newcastle’s penalty box in the inside right position, and the final shot was blocked by Krul with his right foot.

And then on 23 minutes Sissoko broke away and served up Cisse with a good pass,  and the Senegal man put the ball in the back of the net – but earlier Cisse had been flagged for offside and it didn’t look like it.

And if there’s any doubt the rules say it should go to the attacking side – but it never does – the referee’s assistant got his one wrong – period. TV replays showed the goal should have stood, and it looked like a perfectly good goal by Newcastle which was disallowed.

On 29 minutes a good header brought a great save out of Tim Krul as he dived to his left to clear the ball, and then on 31 minutes Cisse was straight through on goalkeeper Goryainov , but the goalie blocked the shot – but Cisse should really have scored and Newcastle could have been 2-0 up. A golden opportunity missed by Cisse.

Then three minutes before half time Sissoko had a half chance but the goalkeeper again blocked the shot.

At half time it had been a close game with the final pass from both sides in the opponents third of the field being the weak link of both sides – and this looked a very evenly matched game.

Metalist started the second half attacking Newcastle and for the first 20 minutes were the better side and on 50 minutes thy had a golden opportunity to go ahead but a Metalist player blazed the ball way over the crossbar.

Newcastle were still looking for the go ahead goal and after a fine run by Santon down the left wing, his cross was hit straight found Papiss Cisse, who hit his shot straight at the goalkeeper, and the Senegal striker should have done better.

A minute later Marveaux, who had come on for Obertan,  was almost through but the goalkeeper beat him to the ball.

And then on 74 minutes Cisse scored after good work by Sissoko,  but amazingly the same lineman  raised his flag for offside, after Newcastle players had been celebrating and TV replays again showed Cisse to be at least level and onside – another very poor decision by the same lineman.

The Metalist players had been diving around at the least provocation in this game, and then on 88 minutes a ridiculous dive by Willian rightly got him a yellow card from the referee, as he tried to get a penalty – and FIFA should consider red cards when players are obviously cheating like Willian was in this case.

In the last and third minute of injury time,  a cross from Sissoko found Cisse free just six yards out,  but he headed the ball straight at the goalkeeper –  and another golden opportunity was lost – and that was it – the referee blew the final whistle and it’s now going to be very difficult for Newcastle to reach the round of the last 16 in the Europa League.


Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Mapou Yanga Mbiwa, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Cheick Tiote (Shola Ameobi 79), Yohan Cabaye; Gabriel Obertan (Sylvain Marveaux 62), Moussa Sissoko, Jonas Gutierrez; Papiss Cisse
Subs not used: Rob Elliot, James Perch, Danny Simpson, Massadio Haidara, Vurnon Anita

Metalist Kharkiv (4-2-3-1): Olexandr Goryainov; Cristian Villagra, Papa Gueye, Marco Torsiglieri, Fininho; Edmar, Juan Manuel Torres; Marlos (Willian 73), Cleiton Xavier, Jose Ernesto Sosa (c); Jonathan Cristaldo (Jaja 82)
Subs not used: Vladimir Disljenkovic, Andriy Berezovchuk, Oleg Shelayev, Sebastian Blanco, Oleg Krasnopyorov

Referee: Tom Harald Hagen (Norway)

Bookings: Newcastle United – Tiote (27), Cabaye (33), Sissoko (81), Gutierrez (86); Metalist Kharkiv – Willian (88, Torres 90+1)

Attendance: 30,157

Tags: Europa League · European Competition · Match Reports · Newcastle News

45 responses so far ↓

  • 1 TimKrulFan // Feb 14, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    1 was offside stop moaning about it we were crap pardew needs to p*ss off .

  • 2 JackButler // Feb 14, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Against a side that only conceded three goals in the group stage we score two perfectly good goals 🙁

    Imagine what we could do if we had two wingers who could actually cross the bloody ball 🙂

  • 3 Spuggy // Feb 14, 2013 at 10:13 PM


    So we won one nil then. Why does PArds need to go?


  • 4 89Norcal // Feb 14, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Almost feel like English teams don’t respect Europa opposition. Pool slipped big time, but our tactics were really shoddy tonight.

    I think putting Sissoko up front takes away some of the dynamic element to his play. Pardew should have just had Cisse up front as usual though he did have more chances today.

    In the end, it was a disgrace from the refs…and Jonas… as well 🙂

  • 5 Spuggy // Feb 14, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    2nd goal was offside like. But we defo scored one perfectly good goal.

  • 6 89Norcal // Feb 14, 2013 at 10:15 PM


    One can dream 🙂

    A proper winger simply must be the priority this summer. Gouffran’s absence was certainly felt.

  • 7 croftus5678 // Feb 14, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    i’m pissin disgusted that was unbelievable i do hope we do not have the same ref and linesman for any other game ever.

    motm had to go to guti for me not that i felt he was the best man but that was the best i’ve seen him play for ages it was like watching the old spiderman i got excited about joining our club.

  • 8 Spuggy // Feb 14, 2013 at 10:15 PM


    Cisse had five decent chances and scored a good goal. How does that make our tactics shoddy?

  • 9 Cisse09 // Feb 14, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Timkrulfan* it wernt miles offside at all.. You watching same game.. If anything it was his ‘knee’ at a push!!

  • 10 Spuggy // Feb 14, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    We played well without debuchy, gouffran and HBA and Cisse still to find his form.

    If Cisse can click anytime soon we’ll be flying.

  • 11 Spuggy // Feb 14, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    I thought cisse’s general play was decent. He’s getting back to his old self more and more every game. He hasn’t played up front long.

  • 12 Rotonda heights // Feb 14, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    poor old cisse it’s like he’s cursed at the minute.

    i think anita may be away. can’t believe jonas still gets a game no matter what.

    mbiwa very solid and steady. sissoko much stronger last 20 mins. we missed goofy’s movement.

  • 13 89Norcal // Feb 14, 2013 at 10:17 PM


    Because we gave the ball away countless times in every area of the pitch because of lack of support. Did you watch the game?

    Sissoko, Tiote, Mbiwa, Obertan, Jonas, they all were freelancing, it was nothing like the Chelsea game at all.

  • 14 89Norcal // Feb 14, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    This was our tactic for the first half and some of the 2nd:

    pass/long ball down the flank to Obertan/Jonas. Sprint to the corner, get cut-off by two Kharkiv defenders.

    Cabaye should have been on the ball more. Really frustrating stuff.

  • 15 Spuggy // Feb 14, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    Yes I watched the game. The opposition are good on the ball in possession. We still created very good chances and burried one of them.

    We won and were robbed, what more do you want?

  • 16 TimKrulFan // Feb 14, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    @Spuggy He’s crap most preditable manager I’ve ever seen. Player like Marvaux and Anita should leave, pardew never drops his favourites.

  • 17 croftus5678 // Feb 14, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    i wanna sign the hulk from zenit he’s gotta be one of the best strikers in the world that lad

  • 18 Rotonda heights // Feb 14, 2013 at 10:21 PM


    Jonas gave the ball away nearly every time as he does. falls over wins a few free kicks, gives the ball away, repeat again.
    If he had any end product fair enough but he rarely if ever does.

  • 19 laurille // Feb 14, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    I don’t agree with ED. It was a decent performance and as has been pointed out, we won it were it not for the referees. However, what is troubling is the shape of Gabby and Marv and Shola. In my opinion they can neither cross balls, score goals and nor have any impact when brought on. Sell all three in the summer transfer. By proper wingers and a new young striker.

  • 20 89Norcal // Feb 14, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Please, Kharkiv were poor, much less of a threat than I thought they would be. They were also equally as wasteful as us on the ball.

    Like I said, I think it was silly to put Sissoko up top.

  • 21 toon1707 // Feb 14, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    How can people say the 2nd goal was miles off it was very very close and 99% of the time the attacker gets the benefit of the doubt so for me we were robbed of 2 goals

  • 22 laurille // Feb 14, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Oh, and sell/get rid of Jonas as well. I don’t think we can blaim Pardew for anything this game. Brilliant tactics.

  • 23 yo-yo // Feb 14, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Guti played great tonight to get in threatening positions but then fluffed every single cross.

  • 24 aidantoon // Feb 14, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Poor performance against poor side.
    When will pardew stop playing Jonas and oba?
    We can’t cross a ball!!!!

  • 25 Spuggy // Feb 14, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Our wingers were second string – Gouffran and HBA are first choice. but we could’t get through their packed midfield.

  • 26 89Norcal // Feb 14, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Santon can’t be converted to winger fast enough.

    Jonas is so frustratingly disappointing. When he finally comes out with a nice move or a good dribble down the field, he wrecks it with terrible delivery into the box.

    Obertan could be worth something if he learned to hold up at times like Santon does.

  • 27 reccerobbo // Feb 14, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    Difference between the two teams???
    No not Gareth bale It was the match officials!!
    What do people make of the 5th officials??? Do they ever make decisions or advise the ref???

    Wouldn’t surprise me in the near future ifwe hear in the press that the match officials were on the take and are getting investigated for match fixing terrible decisions by all officials!!
    Ps we don’t stand a chance of beating them on there patch.

  • 28 yo-yo // Feb 14, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    We are just so close to clicking as a side and need to be patient. The players are good enough, tactics were fine.
    The usual sloppy stuff all round for sure and there were some good saves from Cisse. A little more guile in his finishing and he’d be headlines tomorrow. Needs to beg/borrow/steal some of Bale’s form.
    An early away goal and we’ll get through

  • 29 HCDRJacob1 // Feb 14, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Ed, what on Earth are you on about? Just because the goals were disallowed doesn’t mean it was a mediocre display. Disappointing result, yeah, but the lads gave their all for the team today and I’m proud of each and every one of them. The only exception maybe being Obertan who didn’t seem to know his position.

    At least we didn’t concede anyway, so a score draw would be enough to take us through. I reckon we can win in Ukraine with a strong enough team.


  • 30 croftus5678 // Feb 14, 2013 at 10:30 PM


    i do not think you watched the game buddy !

    our players played great all of em apart from shola and including guti who was like when he 1st signed for us esp in the 1st half.

    cisse had a few dodgy moments but he did score 1 geniune goal the second was border line i must admit

  • 31 toonicle // Feb 14, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    Guti should not be starting any more period. Falls over more times than he completes a pass.

  • 32 89Norcal // Feb 14, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Played great?

    maybe after the 70th minute! It was an average display the rest. Dribbling ourselves into trouble, abysmal passing.

    If it wasn’t for our 2 disallowed goals I think everyone would agree we were not very good today.

  • 33 Sir Braveheart // Feb 14, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    Think without a goal at home we’ve left toomuch of a mountain to climb second leg. And I thought we could really have a go this year.

  • 34 stretchintoon // Feb 14, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    I hope we get another striker or 2 in the summer coz Cisse just isnt good enough,alright he had 1 good goal disallowed but he should’ve got at least 3/4 tonight.Not worth anything like the 10 mill we paid for him,very very average,and as for tiote once again he’s showed what a total liability he is,get rid of both of um i say,straight swop for tiote & get a couple of strikers in for cisse,a decent defender and next season we should be where we ought to be challenging for CL

  • 35 croftus5678 // Feb 14, 2013 at 10:37 PM


    normally i would agree as i’ve been saying for a hell of a long time he’s slow cant cross and can not shoot and better suited to a defensive role,

    but today i see him take on so many players and do some decent crosses and win us a few corners in the first half and he looked fast so i have to give credit where credit is due (and no i have not forgot the 2 wayward long crosses he had but he also had a few decent cutback/crosses)

  • 36 Phil1981 // Feb 14, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Well i will take 3 positives from the game – 1. Yanga-Mbiwa looks a very good player; 2. We did not concede; and 3. We got to see Cabaye and Sissoko link up in the middle of the park albeit briefly when the rank average Tiote was taken off.

    The most telling thing of the whole game was that our one and only really decent and threatening cross game from our out of position centre half Yanga-Mbiaw (who i must say looks a very good player) ~ Messeurs Guiterrez & Obertan you should be ashamed…

  • 37 aidantoon // Feb 14, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    Let’s face it the team we played tonight were very average! Since New signings have come in we have only played well against Chelsea! Need to go 2 up front to support cisse, start Marv wide left.
    Get rid of guit, oba, tiote.

  • 38 Burni // Feb 14, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Wow. I realise we drew but, poor?!?! Even mediocre?!?! We played well all game and were unlucky not to win.

    We were positive from the off. I havent seen kharkiv before but I think u guys must have presumed we would walk over them. They were top of their group, were very quick and skillful at times.

    Gutted we didn’t win but I reckon that’s down to the officials. We played well and deserved a win. Some of yees need to give ya heeds a shake ffs!

  • 39 croftus5678 // Feb 14, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    i think somehow the blog has been taken over by sunderland fans as i can not believe what i’m hearing from newcastle fans in some of these comments >.<

  • 40 qwan // Feb 14, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    I thought we did ok tonight. We scored two goals (ok one was 50/50) but both probably should have stood, Sissoko got stronger as the game went on and looked very powerful,, Mbiwa had a pretty decent game, Cisse got into position well and could have had a hat full…. Jonas took players on like he did many moons ago and was quite progressive, Cabaye worked his socks off and tackled well…. Saylor was solid and Colo was very comfortable….. Santon worked the line well…. All very positive. The opposition pressed us without causing us too much trouble. It’s the officials who spoiled this game not the players. I feel were going in the right direction and playing far better football prior to “Readinggate”.

  • 41 brklyngeordie // Feb 14, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    Poor officiating robbed me of $500 so fkin upset had the lads straight up and in a 3 team parlay Basel, Tott. And Newcastle : ( I’m so upset we should have won WTF!!!

  • 42 blew // Feb 14, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    Jonas was playing so we started with 10 men and when Shola came on we were down to 9 men.
    I can see why Charlton, West Ham and Soton got rid of that useless prick

  • 43 stuart no9 // Feb 14, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    didnt see the game tonight. seen the cisse goals on news – off side 2nd one , not sure about first. pardew cant complain about his paper thin squad now. not surprised about tonight though. lets all blame the linesmen.!

  • 44 croftus5678 // Feb 14, 2013 at 11:23 PM


    it was the linesman if you watched the goals i’m sure they showed it simple enough for anyone to see as i have not seen one person who said he was offside.

    and if your getting at calling the team you should really watch the game we played very well no matter what some so called fans are saying on here. metalist played well so was not push overs themselves and pardew did nothing wrong again but hey when has that stopped some from crying like kids because ofc they could have done better ^^

    i swear its like some here really want us to have some negative points so they can have some attention in there lives.

  • 45 stuart no9 // Feb 15, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    croftus- not having a go at the team – having a pop at pardew like i have all season, phew talk about reading a comment then turning it around to suit yourself.. read it again mate,

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