There’s two weeks before our next game at Manchester City, and Newcastle not only suffered a bad result today when they allowed Wigan to gain three points on them, but we have lost two players to injury – Mathieu Debuchy and Massadio Haidara – and the refereeing in today’ game by Mark Halsey was sub-standard to say the least.
Davide Santon scoring Newcastle’s goal this afternoon
Arouna Kone’s 90th-minute winner was allowed to stand even through it was clear that as the corner came across came off Maynor Figueroa’s hand – it’s as clear as day in the TV replays – yet the goal was allowed to stand.
Massadio was injured by a terrible lunge at his knee by McManaman – and there will be no justice if this Wigan player escapes punishment for this tackle.
This is what Alan Pardew had to say about today’s calamitous game for Newcastle:
“It is an awful challenge. The pictures speak for themselves.” “I thought it was a bad challenge and I was 60 yards from the incident.” “The players knew because they were on top of it and there was a lot of bad feeling about that incident when it goes unpunished.”
“Halsey said ‘If I’ve missed it I apologize’ – that was at half-time.” “If it goes unpunished it doubles the impact on the mentality of the players and the team and it did have an impact on us, you can’t get away from that.”
“My job was to calm the players at half-time, not go looking for retribution, and try to win the second half – which to all intents and purposes we did.” “But again there’s a decision at the end where we should have had a corner, it goes up the other end and there’s a handball – that is tough to take.”
“The linesman is looking right at it, the referee is there and all our players reacted and in that split second we didn’t clear the ball – that’s what happens when you miss a decision as big as that.”
Haidara was immediately sent back to Newcastle and Newcastle issued a statement on the injury – that it will be further assessed – and this is what Alan said about the injury:
“The doctor assessed him quickly before he was scuttled away to be assessed later.” ” “It looks like knee ligaments and bad bruising and that’s the best we can hope for.”T
The Newcastle manager also lost French international right-back Mathieu Debuchy, who came off early in the game with a hamstring injury.
“We will send him to France (for this week’s international duty) for them to assess him but we think he will be on his way back.” “We don’t think it is a particularly bad tear – a strain hopefully.”
And as Pardew had said in an earlier interview – this is a game we want to forget – but it will be two weeks before our next game at Manchester City.
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