Maybe the best way to look at yesterday’s game is that it was just if those days when nothing went right for Newcastle, and we had two horrendous calls from referee Mark Halsey that seemed to hand the game to Wigan.
Massadio Haidara – suffered terrible knee injury yesterday
After losing Mathieu Debuchy to a hamstring pull after only 12 minutes, the substitute Hairdara was injured by one of the worst tackles I have seen on a football pitch, as McManaman flew at the Frenchman and put his boot into Massadio’s knee.
It’s going to be a bad injury and it’s going to be damaged ligaments or maybe as bad as an ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) , that’s what Ryan Taylor suffered in August, and it’s a long road to recovery.
We can only hope for the best when the news comes through today (hopefully) of the prognosis – but we’d be surprised if the 20 year-old impressive Frenchman can play again this season.
No yellow card was even given for the tackle, and we just have to hope the FA will look at it – and they should because the referee says he missed it – and apologized to Newcastle manager Alan Pardew about it at half time.
McManaman should have been sent off and Wigan should have been reduced to 10 men – as they were at St. James’ Park last year.
And then to make matters worse on 90 minutes, there was an obvious handball from a corner that was eventually put in by Arouna Koné after a goal-mouth scramble, and Wigan got only their third win at home this season.
It left Newcastle fans, not to mention the manager and coaches, absolutely fuming – and that was hardly surprising.
It leaves you with a sick feeling in the stomach and a bad taste in the mouth – but some of the refereeing in the Premier League is getting simply unacceptable for such a high profile league.
We’re left with hoping Haidaira’s knee injury is not too bad – that’s the main thing we are worried about today.
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