The sending off of Aleksandar Mitrovic yesterday after only 16 minutes cost us the game, and referee Andre Marriner has come under severe criticism for the decision so early in the game.
And while the challenge of Mitrovic on Coquelin at first looked fairly innocuous, when you see it a few more times it does seem that Mitrovic goes over the top.
That’s what Alan Shearer thinks – that it was over the top and a red card.
Alan Shearer – it was a red card – he went over the top
— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) August 29, 2015
Shearer complimented the Newcastle team on their spirit and commitment.
Of course it’s all over now – and we were beaten 1-0 so that’s two games out of the first four that we have had somebody sent off in the first half of a league game.