McClaren – Red Card Was Harsh – I Don’t Want To Criticize But..

Newcastle were hard done by today and referee Marriner has to take the responsibility for spoiling this game after 16 minutes when he sent off Aleksandar Mitrovic – and may be Newcastle will appeal the straight red card, which was nothing more than a clumsy challenge from Mitrovic with no intent to harm Francis Coquelin.

In the first 26 minute she also booked another three Newcastle players and ended up booking six Newcastle players before the game was out – he booked one Arsenal player.

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Steve McClaren and Paul Simpson on sideline today

This is what Steve McClaren said after the game:

¨It was harsh. It was more clumsy, eye on the ball and he stood on his foot.¨  We saw Moussa Sissoko’s one just after which got a yellow card and it was similar.¨

¨I don’t want to criticize, but early on there were too many yellows and it was kind of a rod for his own back – he had to keep producing them.¨

¨There were fouls and we’re not disputing that. Our boys are young, innocent, they stay on their feet, don’t fall down easy and stay up and play.¨

¨And we felt we were a victim to that – especially the red card.¨  ¨It’s just a clumsy stamp on the foot and very harsh for a straight red.¨

¨What a fantastic crowd! When we get 11 players on the field and a decent game, this crowd is going to roar us on.¨

¨If we keep this spirit – after four games we’ve been down to 10 men in two. It was harsh, definitely, but we have to learn from that.¨

The mistake Marriner made as Steve points out is that he booked Moussa Sissoko in the second minute and there was nothing in his challenge.

And once he did that he had to keep giving yellows out, but the Arsenal players kept flinging themselves to the ground before making miraculous recoveries seconds later.

Gone are the days in the 1950s and 1960s when players used to get tackled and they would get up and play on – those days are gone forever.

The sending off was obviously  the turning point in this game and we could have done well given how well our lads played with just 10 men.

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24 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Aug 29, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #1

    Ashley Out!

  • Nufc-83

    Aug 29, 2015 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #2

    If we can get an established lb in and get jaanmat up to speed cos his heads not there at the moment we will have a great season IMO. And sort mitro out to stay on the pitch.

  • RUNAWAY777

    Aug 29, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #3

    dont like to say this but Mitrovic,is going to be a liability sorry lads

  • Tsunki

    Aug 29, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #4

    No it wasn’t Steve, playing to the crowd is nice but he deserved the red because he is a tool.

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Aug 29, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #5

    Good game although we lost

  • Jib

    Aug 29, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #6

    I watched the game with a lot of German , Spanish , and Polish mates who all said “Who is this wanker Marriner I hope he is not able to ref Euro games ”
    Jeepers Wenger must be embarrassed by that

  • seasons

    Aug 29, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #7

    if that was a red then why exactly did sissoko only get a yet? same type of challenge

  • seasons

    Aug 29, 2015 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #8


  • manxpie

    Aug 29, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #9

    83 persistent fouling hey have a look at the rules Ffs it’s a yellow stopping a player from attacking all day long same as clipping heels if there getting away pulling a shirt if there getting away
    check the rules fella it’s a yellow!

  • nomis_jade

    Aug 29, 2015 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #10

    It was never a red. It wouldnt have been a red if it was on one of our players and it wasnt a red on one of theirs. He was watching the ball the whole time, the arsenal player kickes it away and mitrovic comes in against his shin pad. There is no aggression, no intent. Yellow card, simple. you look at challenges like the one on Haidara a few seasons back or someof the ones Joey Barton used to put in, Those are red cards, this was not. The following yellow cards may well have been, no complaints there, except the colo one. Only thing I would say is that a team is bound to make more fouls when its 11 vs 10.
    Also i absolutely hate it when mangers refuse to comment on the Elephant in the room. Wenger has just come out and said, Arsenal played well and dominated the game…….. well yes Arsene, you did cos you were playing against 10 men……Idiot. Brenden Rogers has done it in both of Liverpools last games despite a disallowed goal for Arsenal and the incredible poor decisions for Bournemouth. It makes my blood boil.
    Happy with the organisation today.

  • Essex Geordie

    Aug 29, 2015 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #11

    I agree with McLaren. Mariner is a very poor referee who lives to be at the centre of attention when the cameras are on him. He got most of the basics wrong today including the penalty. As a former referee we were always taught to use common sense in situations very early in the match. He should have warned Sissoko before booking him. As Steve says he created this situation himself which I believe he wanted to to ensure the focus was on him. Totally incompetent and should be given a break from Premiership games and taught to go back to basics. Also I don’t think you are ever going to stop this theatrical cheating unless you make deliberate cheating a sending off offence. Mariner will be very pleased with himself because all the after match talk is about him and not the game. Sorry it was a long rant.

  • Moonraker15

    Aug 29, 2015 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #12

    Tsunki you are a fcuking moronic idiot shut the fcuk up! This is the only league in the world where refs spoil games with dismissals.

  • Moonraker15

    Aug 29, 2015 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #13

    We ain’t getting anyone else in this window did you not know?

  • goommy

    Aug 29, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #14

    Seem like Mitrovic isn’t ready with PRM atmosphere so he need times.

    Aside from the result, I’m so proud with our lads this match. They really give they all and fight til the end. Didn’t see something like this so many years 😀

  • ronjohno

    Aug 29, 2015 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #15

    Even before the sending off it looked like Arsenal were the HOME team. We were defending from the off.
    Why the hell does Soussoko walk straight back in to the team- he offers sweet nothing except to dribble and dribble into dead ends.

  • paul6257

    Aug 29, 2015 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #16

    it was a red card, end of… unless Mitrovic scores the winner in the the fa cup he is going to cost us more than he gives us.

  • nomis_jade

    Aug 29, 2015 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #17

    Paul 6257 – are you saying you think it deserved red, or are you saying that he got a red card for it so there is no point in debating it?

  • Essex Geordie

    Aug 29, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #18

    What is your justification for it being a red end of. Should have Sissikos been a red card?

  • leonado_keng

    Aug 29, 2015 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #19

    Marrier , you are very low performance, should get punished and sent to championship more than BPL

  • nomis_jade

    Aug 29, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #20

    I take back what i said earlier. Wenger has commented on the red card. He thought it was a red. Dont agree but at least he has given an opinion.

  • NOVA2967

    Aug 29, 2015 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #21

    Gini in third for best player. Gini hasn’t shown much yet but I get how people can jump on the wagon. Scored on his first game and shows power in possession, like sissoko.

    De Jong although we don’t know much about him should add a better dimension in holding onto the ball. Since we play on the break just like last year a fast striker would do better for us.

    Havent improved the play much but we are showing commitment. Palace took it to Chelsea today.

  • nufc 11

    Aug 29, 2015 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #22

    All this shit we are told by the club about only wanting the right ones? Mitro looks a lunatic what a stupid challenge to make you wouldn’t see Austin doing that to his team. I wonder do the club mean by the right ones that other clubs wouldn’t take the risk that we would for a sell on profit. Mouses face was priceless when nitro got sent off.

  • juan

    Aug 29, 2015 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #23

    Wish all the ASHLET OUT on here would do one. He ain’t gonna sell so waste of time you just bore the tits off people.
    To the game.
    Sissoko tackle was worse than mitrovic tackle
    Gooners should have had a penalty
    Worst ref performance I’ve seen since Graham Poll in the World Cup

  • paul6257

    Aug 29, 2015 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #24

    Essex Geordie, normis jade, it was a yellow card at best, he was given red because marriner was too quick to yellow card sissoko leaving the ref no option to give mitrovic a red. Mitrovic a card is marked, he’ll spend most of the season suspended


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