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.
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.