When Aleksandar Mitrovic was sent off after only 16 minutes in our last game at home to Arsenal, it came as a complete shock as referee Andre Marriner raised that red flag,
Then when we saw the TV replays, Aleksandar had gone in with his boot over the top – onto the shin of Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin – and it looked dangerous.
Red card for Aleksandar Mitrovic against Arsenal
And it was because he went over the top that we thought it would be pointless for Newcastle to appeal the red card, and if the appeal was thought to be frivolous by the FA, then they could have made the ban on young Mitrovic four games rather than the usual three games.
In his press conference today, head coach Steve McClaren has explained to the reporters present, why Newcastle decided not to appeal that red card:
“We inquired a lot and we looked at the game and we talked to a lot of people, and found out we would be wasting our time, and in hindsight looking at it, yeah – we didn’t do that.”
“And it is a lesson for him. Did he have to go through it – I don’t know – I don’t think so.”
“I think he’s frustrated and desperately wants to do well, so desperately wants to score, so desperately wants to show the fans what he’s about, he shows his enthusiasm, but it was a clumsy challenge.”
“So that over-enthusiasm has cost him dearly”
We were still incensed that Newcastle had been reduced to 10 men with 74 minutes still to play – and the game as a contest was basically over – but you could see the reason, although it looked accidental.
It is a lesson for Mitrovic, but he has to learn quickly and we cannot have him sent off too many times this season, and these three games will give a chance to players like Papiss Cisse, Ayoze Perez, and perhaps even Siem de Jong to shine up front.
We do have some fire-power available at Newcastle this season, and hopefully we can start scoring some goals soon.
The game at West Ham would be a good time to score, since we’ve been shut-out in our last three league games.
What do you think?