Brave 10 Men Newcastle Lose 1-0 – Mitrovic Sees Red

For the second time in four games Newcastle had a man sent off in a Premier League game in the first half, and today it was Aleksandar Mitrovic who was sent off for a late tackle on Coquelin after only 16 minutes, and TV replays showed it should have only been a yellow.

Basically referee Andre Marriner ruined this game as a contest after 16 minutes with the sending off, and he also managed to give three Newcastle players a yellow card in the first 26 minutes as each time the Arsenal player would writhe around in agony on the pitch.

These shows of being in agony by players who then get up as if nothing had happened – have to stop – and the Premier League have to be concerned with some of the inept displays of referee we keep witnessing every week.

aleksandar mitrovic red card

This was the game – right here

It’s got to be said that Newcastle defended well and looked resilient again in this game, but we just cannot keep getting out players sent off in these games and now it looks like young Mitrovic will miss the next three games – so at least we now know Papiss Cisse will not be sold before the transfer window closes.

The other thing is that when Mitrovic was sent off,  Newcastle were just about surviving the tremendous Arsenal pressure they applied early in the game, and we could have made a real game of it if we had 11 men on the pitch.

It could have been a really entertaining game with 11 against 11.

Unfortunately Mitrovic looks to have a reputation that precedes him now, and with two yellow cards and a red in his first four league games he’s prone to get into more trouble unless he can control himself a bit – and that goes for other Newcastle players too.

At one point in the first half with three Newcastle players on yellows we were scared in case Marriner had another player sent off for two yellow cards and we would be down to nine men.

We have lost 6 points this season basically through indiscipline – but we were really hard done by this afternoon.

There’s not much Steve McClaren or the players could do,  other than try to hang on and make quick breakaways or rely on a set play to score.

Newcastle even had some luck before the red card, when after 12 minutes Arsenal had a penalty appeal turned down after Thauvin was seen to trip Nacho Monreal in the box.

It was 0-0 at the half and the referee was booed as he left the field for a terrible biased performance.

The Arsenal goal came after 52 minutes when Tim Krul had just made an excellent save, but the ball went to Chamberlain who hit the ball that deflected off Coloccini, and it went in off  Tim Krul’s right hand post.

Newcastle were a little unlucky there.

Obviously Arsenal had nearly all the possession and right at the end Olivier Giroud had an open goal, but Tim Krul saved his shot to at least keep the score respectable.

Newcastle defended well again this week and w elooked very well organized, and Steve McClaren brought on Perez, Cisse and Siem de Jong in the second to relieve some of the Newcastle players – who will have again ended this game knackered.

Marriner booked six Newcastle players in addition to sending off Mitrovic with a straight red – so his performance today was suspect to say the very least.

The players sent off and their times of picking up the yellow cards were Sissoko (3), Mbemba (19), Thauvin (26), Anita (48), Wijnaldum (49), Coloccini (90).

So in the first 26 minutes Marriner had issued one red and three yellows to Newcastle players.

So we now have just two points from our first four league games but we have to keep 11 players on the pitch – otherwise it’s going to be a huge problem for the team.

We’ll never know what would have happened today if we had kept 11 men on the pitch, but on the evidence of Newcastle’s good play we would have had a decent chance of  a win.

Bottom line – once again a Premier League game is spoiled by the referee, and of course nobody will even be able to talk with Marriner about the stinker he had today.

Steve McClaren will not be able to criticize him either.


Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat, Chancel Mbemba, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Massadio Haidara; Vurnon Anita (Ayoze Perez, 72) Jack Colback; Moussa Sissoko Papiss Cisse (79), Georginio Wijnaldum, Florian Thauvin (Siem de Jong (87)), Aleksandar Mitrovic

Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Petr Cech; Hector Bellerin, Gabriel, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal; Francis Coquelin, Santi Cazorla (c); Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Mikel Arteta (81), Alexis Sanchez; Theo Walcott (Olivier Giroud, 69)

Referee: Andre Marriner (West Midlands)

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30 comments so far

  • VanBasten

    Aug 29, 2015 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #1

    Repost from previous post:

    The team put in a valiant effort today. Mitrovic’s red card in the 16th minute ruined the game. There can’t be many teams that could get a result with this Arsenal team with just 10 men and the lads did a fantastic job defending today.

    I think the 3 main things we learned today are:

    1. This team can defend. This is now the 2nd time in a row this team has defended well against one of the top teams of EPL. I think all that was needed was some inspiration and organization that McClaren has brought.

    2. Mitrovic is not ready to start yet. I think it will do him good to miss the next 3 games. This will give him time to reflect on his start at Newcastle and try to change is ways a bit without taking the aggression away from his game. Just have to be smarter. I hope the coaches will work with him in the coming weeks and hopefully he can get some more match fitness during international break while playing for Serbia.

    3. Krul is a top goalie. I think a motivated and happy Krul is a superb goalkeeper, one of the best in EPL. He is still quite young and will improve. I think he will have a massive season.

  • TheToonKing

    Aug 29, 2015 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #2

    I hate Mariner with a passion today.

    Worst refereeing and commentating i’ve seen/heard in years.

    All things considering , we played well. Really need to start picking up points though.

  • coatesy17

    Aug 29, 2015 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #3

    Referee was totally onesided… the yellow card on Cazorla he actually whispers in his ear after it… I honestly feel completely f****d over!

  • Slank

    Aug 29, 2015 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #4

    The yellow cards given to the Newcastle players were right except for Colo as there was no foul.

    Mitrovic should have received a yellow as his offence was no different to the foul that Sissoko did to earn his yellow.

  • coatesy17

    Aug 29, 2015 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #5

    Slank.. Monreal basically rugby tackled Thauvin, in the same respect Mbemba got a card why didnt Monreal?

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 29, 2015 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #6

    I lost the link during the second half, but I can’t take much comfort from what I saw. Heroic defending/crisis management once again – which is definite progress. Poor passing, however.

    I’m not optimistic about September’s fixtures.

  • manxpie

    Aug 29, 2015 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #7

    Omg i just heard that collo was lucky to stay on for his ball winning challenge!
    This needs to stop now Ffs the refs are there to make the game flow and make important decisions not send people off for ridiculous things fuskin joke!!!

  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 29, 2015 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #8

    We will be in the relegation zone only because of the fixtures. Come October onwards we should be fine with easier teams

    We played incredibly strong opponents.

  • Jamesnufc94

    Aug 29, 2015 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #9

    Ron Knee what are you smoking you fool?how can you say that after a great performance you fooking idiot

  • Brummie

    Aug 29, 2015 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #10

    So 1-0 to the referee. I agree Alexander is not ready to start for us…I would have preferred Cisse/Perez. Other than the sending off (Thanks to the ref) Cnut. We held our own unlucky colo will be gutted but he still played alright. Thauvin is getting there not yet ready to start but his the best we have in that position. I think the break will do us good.

  • Take a Chancel on me

    Aug 29, 2015 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #11

    Overall the game was ruined by a piss poor referee. Mitrovic was a yellow at best. we defended valiantly, Coloccini was excellent today and was unfortunate to deflect their goal. Although Arsenal did most of the attacking their win was lucky as it was a deflected goal.

  • manxpie

    Aug 29, 2015 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #12

    Slank the problem was that the ref wasn’t doing the same for arsenal!

    Sanchez should have been booked the arsenal left back should have been booked if mbemba was booked for the exact same thing

    wij shouldn’t have been booked!

    The ref absolutely lost it mate I haven’t seen a game like that from a ref for a long time truly shocking
    as for coqu rolling round 10 times he should be embarrassed

  • Billythefish

    Aug 29, 2015 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #13

    Red totally spoilt the game! Mitrovic Gould have been a yellow and a ticking off. 5 goals against in the first 4 games two of them with 10 men, last year we would have shipped in double figures.
    I’m still upbeat for the season. Mitrovic will make a lot of people eat their words. He will prove his class no doubt about it.

  • Brummie

    Aug 29, 2015 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #14

    In a way I think we should try and appeal the red card decision

  • Slank

    Aug 29, 2015 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #15

    coatesy @ 4

    Not interested what any Arsenal player did or did not too.

    We were right into Arsenal from the off but some of our challenges would have got yellows irrespective of who the ref was.

    McClaren needs to harness the aggression without picking up yellows and in particular the red cards. There is a fine dividing line between being committed and persistent fouling.

  • Nufc-83

    Aug 29, 2015 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #16

    Manpixie mbemba committed the same block twice in a short space of time the ref even said twice as he booked him. Montreal done it once and everyone wants him booked.

  • manxpie

    Aug 29, 2015 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #17

    I do too brummie if sissokos a yellow so is mitrivic quite simple really

  • will die for the toon army

    Aug 29, 2015 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #18

    I Hate Mariner now too. Now in my books with Webb. Mitrovic atleast a yellow. If it was Walcott or Sanchez who made the tackle wld he have got the red card?

    We are solid at the back which am impressed with. Mcca was right a good & fit Colo was better than any defender we were linked with.

    Attacking am not impressed yet. Cathro shld get going we have no formular for attacking.

  • Nufc-83

    Aug 29, 2015 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #19

    The ref got everything spot on apart from colo challenge and not giving arsenal a pen. The mitro challenge is a red card however at times you will see the red be lenient and give a yellow (wish it was today).

  • toon kk

    Aug 29, 2015 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #20

    To sum it up, we were outclassed but we worked hard, have to say S mc has got our defence working more as a team.
    Personally I think Mitrovic was a mistake, we needed a top striker with experience but we went for a kid who should take up kick boxing.

  • Macas

    Aug 29, 2015 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #21

    The ref got it wrong booking Colo, but the rest were spot on for me. If an Arsenal player had put his studs in on one of our players shins everyone would be screaming for a red card. Think it was more clumsy than anything else but still a red card.

  • Slank

    Aug 29, 2015 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #22


    Our yellows were deserved with the exception of Colo.

  • manxpie

    Aug 29, 2015 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #23

    Nufc he stopped thuav going forward around the penalty area it’s a yellow card in fact a red card if he was the last man no excuse i can’t see why people are sticking up for that refereeing performance it was shocking full stop

  • Nufc-83

    Aug 29, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #24

    Manpixie you see that challenge every game it’s s free kick all day nothing else.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Aug 29, 2015 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #25

    Disgusting performance from the ref! Disgraceful and should be nowhere near reffing a Premier League match. It seemed at times that he had never seen anything slightly physical in his life and got scared at every tackle and was only too eager to take his cards out.

    I am still in shock tbh I can’t believe what just happened and how biased the ref and commentators were. I don’t have Black n White glasses on as I always try and be fair in my assessments on everything.

    The ref should have given a pen for Arsenal. All the rest he got wrong! I would have preferred the penalty tbh. At least it would have made for a much more entertaining match. And those BT commentators know F all what they are saying, they are the worst commentators I’ve heard, even the American commentators talk more sense than that lot!

  • manxpie

    Aug 29, 2015 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #26

    Slank gini’s too?
    I’m not saying they weren’t but consistency is wat a ref should be absolutely spot on with!

    He wasn’t simple as that

  • Belfast

    Aug 29, 2015 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #27

    Thanks for the unbiased commentary as usual Manxpie hahaha

    Told you the big Serb was an Idiot weeks ago. Big Dopey Sam Dingle from Emmerdale thick as pig shit.

    Now for the actual unbiased commentary…

    In today’s game that’s a red card all day long. The same as his stamp on Taylor at Swansea was a red card. The referee didn’t give Arsenal a stonewall pen and booked Coloccini for nothing. Other than that he didn’t get a lot wrong.

    Sam Dingle lost us that game today not the referee unfortunately.

  • Nufc-83

    Aug 29, 2015 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #28

    Manpoxie gini’s was clearly for reaction and saying something to the ref that you don’t know so what you talking about.

  • Belfast

    Aug 29, 2015 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #29

    Spot on Macas and Nufc 83. I watched it with a few neutrals who had the same opinion.

    I do always enjoy Manxpies post match unbiased comments though.

  • toonluvva

    Aug 29, 2015 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #30

    Can’t blame the ref today. Unless you want to mention that Arsenal should have had a penalty when Thauvin brought a player down in the box.

    Mitrovic is a hothead, and his reputation is probably going to cost him bookings and red cards all through the season. He’s out for 3 matches, and I suspect they won’t be the only ones he misses through suspension. Perhaps it’s worth a punt on another striker before the window closes, or at least someone on loan.

    Another good effort from the team to stifle Arsenal. but losing a player, rightfully IMO, after 16 minutes always made it an uphill struggle.


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