We have to say that Alan Pardew had every right to be annoyed after the game last night – as two Papiss Cisse goals were disallowed for offside – yet both were good goals and the officials got it wrong – - so what do you do?
Alan Pardew – not looking too happy last night
The officiating was poor to say the least, and it was the same official both times who disallowed the “goals” and both decisions were late ones too.
This is what Alan Pardew said immediately after the game:
“Both goals are onside.” ‘”Fundamentally the officials have got them wrong, in a tight game like that.” “In these games they are the margins. I can understand if they get it wrong once but twice is hard to take.”
“The law says it should favor the striker. Both decisions were level – I wouldn’t even say that they needed to favor the striker. “It’s hard to take.’” “The observer has told me that the protocol is not to speak to the referee after the game.”
“Perhaps they should review that. But let me tell you I’m not here to get in to trouble.” “I’ll take a 0-0 draw because a score draw in the return leg takes us through,’ he said.”
“I saw enough tonight to suggest we can get a score draw. Metalist are a good side but they were second best in the game tonight.”
So Alan pardew was advised not to speak to the officials after the game – they are certainly a protected species who seem not to have to be responsible for their decisions in a game.
The offside law used to say that if a player is level he is offside, but the law was changed, and as Alan points out – any doubt there is is supposed to favor the attacking player – but that didn’t help Newcastle tonight.
Papiss Cisse scoring his second disallowed goal
And we wonder what happens to the officials who make these poor decisions – are they put on the sidelines for a while as punishment or does nothing happen?
Newcastle played well last night, and there were some good things to take out of the game – not least of which was this new Newcastle team’s first clean sheet – and both Moussa Sissoko and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, making his starting debut for Newcastle, had very good games.
There’s still a chance next Thursday that Newcastle can get through – and a score draw will see Newcastle get through to the round of the last 16 – but we will also have to field a weakened side next Thursday, since we play Southampton on the following Sunday – and we are not out of the woods yet as far as relegation is concerned.
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