Steve McClaren has said it was never a penalty today just before half time when Fabricio Coloccini slightly nudged Steven Fletcher and the Scot went flying all 6”1″ of him – as though he had been hit by a steam train.
And referee Bobby Madley pointed to the penalty spot and then showed Coloccini the red card.
But it was not a clear-cut scoring opportunity with goalkeeper Rob Elliot always going to beat Fletcher to the ball so we should be able to get the red card overturned.
But with Newcastle’s luck this season maybe not.
Steve McClaren at half-time in today’s game
The penalty and sending off completely changed the game after Newcastle had been well on top and looked a good side in that first half.
These referee decisions are becoming the biggest plays in the game – just a sin American Football.
That’s not good.This is what Steve McClaren said after the game following our 6th defeat in a row to Sunderland:
“It was never a penalty. The penalty and red card was a double whammy. In the first half the team were excellent. I was totally relaxed. We were in control. I said to players that’s what we must continue.”
“If we continue doing that and get decisions right then we’ll do OK.” “Even with 10 men in the second half we still controlled it. Referee decisions are out of your control.”
Newcastle played quite well today but the result is a complete disaster and we drop to second bottom of the league on goal difference with Sunderland 3rd bottom.
We have conceded 11 goals in the last three games and have conceded 22 goals in 10 games – mote than any other team in the Premier League.
We need to beat Stoke next Saturday at home.