The Gods were smiling on Newcastle yesterday as we were second best for the first 30 minutes of the game yesterday against Stoke City, who had gone 1-0 up with a great goal from Oussama Assaidi after 29 minutes.
Ben Arfa congratulates Yohan Gouffran on scoring Newcastle’s second goal
But then a couple of Stoke players did things they would have done under former manager Tony Pulis, and Glenn Whelan was sent off for a second yellow card, and on reflection he deserved that – and that stupid look on his face after he committed the foul on Cabaye told it all – and it looked like he expected to get that second yellow.
And then center-back Marc Wilson lost his head and pulled back Loic Remy when Loic was straight through on goal, and that was a definite red card after watching the video replay yesterday many times – at first we had thought it was a harsh decision but Martin Atkinson got it right.
It’s probably not too surprising that Alan Pardew also thought the ref got both sending offs right, but Mark Hughes was incensed on the touch-line, but that’s getting to be a far too common situation for the former Manchester United player.
This is what Pardew said after the game yesterday:
“The game changed on a couple of decisions that, on reflection, I haven’t really got a problem with,” “I thought Whelan’s first booking was slightly harsh.”
“Maybe Yohan was at fault himself and was lucky to get away without a yellow card, but the second one I have no issue with.” “Yohan gets a lot of bad treatment and I didn’t think that tackle had any intention to get the ball.”
“Whelan gets sent off, and then a really clever pass from Vurnon Anita changes the game because they lose a second player, which was definitely a sending off, and the game is completely turned on its head.”
“I was incensed with the penalty because Yohan should have been taking that,” “We spoke about that at half-time.” “But I also spoke to the players at the break and asked the team to be clinical in the second half.”
“I wanted us to break quickly, and it couldn’t have gone any better. We were very good in that second half.”
Even if no Stoke player had been sent off before half time, we would have expected the Magpies to have been a different proposition in the final 45 minutes, after playing poorly in the first half, for the first time in a long time.
But things were made easy for our lads, but they went for it in the second half, and gave a professional show to wrap up the points and improve our goal difference to +6 against the nine men of Stoke.
Now for Arsenal on Sunday – what a game that should be,
Howay The Lads!!
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