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McClaren – It Was Never A Penalty – We Played Well

3:46 pm, Sunday, October 25th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 65 Comments

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 half time Sundelrand

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.

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65 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Blackley and Brownlie // Oct 25, 2015 at 3:50 PM

    Did anyone see Rooney defending there? That’s exactly what Colo should’ve done last week against Mbokani. Exactly. Except Colo did nothing.

  • 2 lochinvar // Oct 25, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    Thanks Sam that’s good to know. At least you didn’t behave like a complete loon during or after the game either. How to win friends eh ?

    Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce says the rule that sees a player sent off after conceding a penalty should be changed.

    His side benefitted from Robert Madley’s decision to award them a spot-kick and show Fabricio Coloccini red for a push on Steven Fletcher in the 3-0 win over Newcastle.

    “It’s the rules sadly. I think a penalty is enough,” he told BBC Sport.

    “It’s a foul and only a penalty. Our fans wouldn’t agree but as a football man I’d like to see the rule changed.”

  • 3 Blackley and Brownlie // Oct 25, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    Rooney stopped a certain goal there by competing fairly with his body. Getting close and physical.

  • 4 Munster Mag // Oct 25, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    I think it was a peno but not a red card. Ref panicked. We did really well – miles better than under pardew. Three good players wud make a massive difference. Did sissoko make a tackle though? Cattermole a scumbag. What was carr thinking when he got Thauvin???????

  • 5 Shadow_Shearer // Oct 25, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    I would appeal against the red card any day of the week. What’s the worse than can happen, colo suspension gets extended?!?!?

  • 6 lochinvar // Oct 25, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    Band B saw Rooney there – agree but he’s 3 years younger than Loco and fitter and wants to win and lead by example .
    That apart much the same really

  • 7 c-dog // Oct 25, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    Shocking defending causes us the game. Mbemba make his usual idiotic decisions and not closing down Defoe and brain dead Colo, I’ll say no more. Both centre backs are awful. Whoever that typical fat Newcastle slag who kept Colo on these shores should be shamed.

  • 8 manxpie // Oct 25, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    manxpie // Oct 25, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    look at that rooney on otto not a foul in the refs eye good defending in nevilles eyes
    surely that was putting the attacker off without going for the ball from behind aswell

  • 9 Jib // Oct 25, 2015 at 3:55 PM

    I guess Man City will be the happier of the two.

  • 10 the broons // Oct 25, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    munster mag

    Sorry to call you out but you are wrong, If you belive its a penalty then its deffo a red card. You know that rule thats been around for ages, professional foul i.e last man back! thats what he was.

  • 11 Jail for Ashley // Oct 25, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    You have a lot of rocks for somebody who lives in such a transparent glass house.

  • 12 Blackley and Brownlie // Oct 25, 2015 at 3:57 PM

    That’s all I expected of Colo last week for Mbokanis goal. Not too much to ask is it?

  • 13 the broons // Oct 25, 2015 at 3:57 PM

    too many mackems on this blog now, c-dog says mbemba is awful…. what a naka

  • 14 cyprus // Oct 25, 2015 at 3:58 PM

    Maybe I should be upset at my team for losing by a margin to my local rivals. Perhaps I should be angry with Colo for the penalty and sending off.

    I’m not. My team dominated, was extremely unlucky to concede the softest of penalties (it is a contact sport), like Bellamy said, these aren’t given elsewhere on the pitch, and definitely it was not a red.

    I fear for Sunderland, they are very poor.

    The ref changed the game. I was thinking, how can this sxxxe team possibly beat me? Well now I know.

    Good effort by the lads. Keep it up, you’ll be ok.

  • 15 Jib // Oct 25, 2015 at 3:58 PM

    Now —- if you want to see a world class sporting occasion turn to ITV

  • 16 banjax // Oct 25, 2015 at 3:59 PM

    If Newcastle play like that every game then the results will come. They worked hard especially with ten men and had Sunderland rocking at times. The referee was our problem today and his performance cost us three points by missing our penalty first and a possible red card for Clattermole. The ref should be subject to investigation after his performance today. His bias was deafening.

  • 17 the broons // Oct 25, 2015 at 3:59 PM


    Finally a fan that isnt speaking from his behind.

  • 18 John Tudor // Oct 25, 2015 at 4:00 PM

    yes go watch itv and leave us in peace

  • 19 the broons // Oct 25, 2015 at 4:00 PM


    Again well said, not all toon fans are stupid thank god.

  • 20 Jib // Oct 25, 2015 at 4:01 PM

    Midnight in Buenos Aires and the bars will be packed – wish I could be there !!!

  • 21 firebug666 // Oct 25, 2015 at 4:01 PM

    Wonder if the ref has been to the betting shop to pick up his winnings yet?

  • 22 Jail for Ashley // Oct 25, 2015 at 4:01 PM

    does that mean you’ll fcuk off for 80 mins you tool

  • 23 Jail for Ashley // Oct 25, 2015 at 4:02 PM

    I wish you’d never come back

  • 24 firebug666 // Oct 25, 2015 at 4:02 PM


    Same here Jib…I wish you were there! 😀

  • 25 dogfish // Oct 25, 2015 at 4:04 PM

    Terrible result but I’m in high spirits.

    We should have won and it was never a pen or red but we were punished for not scoring when well on top.

    Colo gets a hard time on this blog but Newcastle fans love a scape goat. I see mbemba is getting stick now as well. I think he’s quality and still very young (allegedly)

  • 26 Jib // Oct 25, 2015 at 4:04 PM

    It’s actually 13.03 but you get the idea

  • 27 catchy in norway // Oct 25, 2015 at 4:05 PM

    70 mins v chelsea
    45 mins v Man c
    90 mins v Norwich
    90 mins with 10 men against scunderland

    our team is starting to show that they can play football, something that has been lost for a 5 seasons now..

    keep playing like that and we will be fine.

  • 28 Jail for Ashley // Oct 25, 2015 at 4:05 PM

    Another Jibism without Google, what a thicko,

  • 29 manxpie // Oct 25, 2015 at 4:05 PM

    blackley my point is its a foul surely if todays was
    rooney didn’t play the ball he barged the man from behind and put him off the way things are going if collo did that last week it would have been a penalty instead and a red card
    the inconsistancy of a small pool of refs in 1 league is astounding
    everyone says the refs job is a hard one and have done for years and years so why bring in stupid rules season after season to m\ke it even harder
    the same punishment for stopping a clear goal scoring opportunity as say snapping someones leg in a dangerous tackle is ridiculous

  • 30 Tsunki // Oct 25, 2015 at 4:06 PM

    Jeff I’ll put a tenner I for an easyjet one-way

  • 31 Jib // Oct 25, 2015 at 4:07 PM


    This scapegoat thing is to cover a gross lack of footy nous – Jail for Ashley has a list of scapegoats as long as his arm 🙂

  • 32 Jail for Ashley // Oct 25, 2015 at 4:07 PM

    ”His decision to send off Fabricio Coloccini and award a penalty in first half stoppage time was absolutely staggering and completely changed the course of the game that seemingly had only one conclusion”

  • 33 Jail for Ashley // Oct 25, 2015 at 4:08 PM

    My footy knowledge extends to more than knowing that Alan Pardew did not get us promoted from the Championship !

  • 34 welshgeordie9 // Oct 25, 2015 at 4:11 PM


    Argentina vs Australia should be a good game, watching that and the Liverpool game.

  • 35 Shadow_Shearer // Oct 25, 2015 at 4:12 PM

    I could not believe mitrovic didn’t score his chance. It was the best chance of the game. What exactly was he trying to do, send a 7 foot keeper the wrong way.

  • 36 welshgeordie9 // Oct 25, 2015 at 4:12 PM

    Come on the saints.

  • 37 geordieboy83 // Oct 25, 2015 at 4:15 PM

    Can I just say how refreshing it is to see nobody over react after that result. I was dreading reading the comments after the match, but I’m glad the vast majority of us can see we played a very good game of football, innovative, powerful, skilful and that was an unjust result

  • 38 davetoon // Oct 25, 2015 at 4:16 PM

    @thebroons Munster is not wrong. The rule you refer to no longer exists.

    Clear goal scoring opportunity is the only relevant consideration

  • 39 gillmag // Oct 25, 2015 at 4:17 PM

    Unfortunately the worst team won.
    We outclassed them from the first whistle in every department with the exception of not paying the referee enough to throw the game.
    Clattermole a disgrace as usual.
    Johnson and Fletcher better divers than Jacques Cousteau – for anyone old enough to reminder him!
    Nothing wrong with our team now and McClaren is OK – not his fault or the players today

  • 40 NezzaNUFC // Oct 25, 2015 at 4:17 PM

    Quick comment here.

    It was never a penalty nor a red card, Elliott would of got the ball before Fletcher.

    But then again Fletcher would of took a chance against Elliott by topping over him and getting awarded a penalty which the Scums should never have got considering the handball and dragging Winaldum.

    Fletcher, mackems and officials should he ashamed.

  • 41 Jib // Oct 25, 2015 at 4:17 PM

    Ha ha ha Maradonna’s at Twickenham

  • 42 Mag52 // Oct 25, 2015 at 4:18 PM

    Claridge on 5 live was disgusted with the pen and sending off. He reckoned it was a shoulder charge by Colo.

  • 43 why oh why // Oct 25, 2015 at 4:19 PM

    That was no way a penalty neither a sending off
    Red spoilt the game
    Yes we lost by 3 but even with ten men we were the better team
    This should give us confidence
    We are now starting to show some promise of what will be .are we appealing the red?
    And couple of sighnings in jan and we will have a real go second half of the season

  • 44 Tsunki // Oct 25, 2015 at 4:19 PM

    I have to say that introducing the meaningless egg chasers program into the blog today of all days is ever caring beyond belief. Take it outside, ovoid boys….

  • 45 Tsunki // Oct 25, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    Enervating for crying out loud, ever caring?

  • 46 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Oct 25, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    Totally agree first time in five years we have looked liked playing football
    Starting to enjoy going to games ain’t got a sore neck looking at the ball in the air all the time – just need to cut out silly mistakes and a bit of luck in decisions going our way for a change….

  • 47 Laurent Robert 32 // Oct 25, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    If that was out playing going through, I’d have wanted a penalty. Thing this is, that does happen quite often and a number of times they aren’t given. That if my gripe.

    Footballing wise, I thought we controlled it and played some nice football. One game didn’t turn out well (due to the sending off and pen) massively changing the game, but over the long run, playing like that will see more wins than losses I’m sure.

    There were some very nice triangles round the edge of the box and that was great to see. Much better level of coaching.

    We should have had the pen as well.

  • 48 Jib // Oct 25, 2015 at 4:23 PM

    Do you ever care for me ?

  • 49 welshgeordie9 // Oct 25, 2015 at 4:24 PM

    Man of the match today goes to the ref, well done ref you muppet.

  • 50 Yorkgeordie // Oct 25, 2015 at 4:24 PM

    Colo did what he did because he didn’t trust the goalkeeper, and he was right. I’m sure someone can work out how many goals per game Elliot has let in and how many times he has been on the winning/losing side. We have a problem persist with Elliot

  • 51 welshgeordie9 // Oct 25, 2015 at 4:25 PM


    Jail cares about you.

  • 52 Mag52 // Oct 25, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    If we don’t get the red card overturned, it could be a blessing in disguise, with Macca forced to play without Colo for 3 games.

  • 53 Yorkgeordie // Oct 25, 2015 at 4:26 PM

    ‘if we persist’

  • 54 Blackley and Brownlie // Oct 25, 2015 at 4:26 PM

    Doing nothing last week against Mbokani wasn’t an option. You’ve got to compete and challenge. But you’ve also got to be there. Wht do many are missing with Colo’s sending off is the few seconds before the shoulder barge; where Colo was nowhere near the threat. Fletcher just ran off him and Colo wasn’t near enough or alive to it.

  • 55 Jib // Oct 25, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    Ha ha
    Well said Welshie

  • 56 John Tudor // Oct 25, 2015 at 4:28 PM

    give yersel a bigger spoon

  • 57 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Oct 25, 2015 at 4:29 PM

    I am not sure here people get the fact that we are going to be fine?

    Where is the fine coming from. You kind of make your own luck, its pointless playing well when the entire back 4 sabotage the game game in and out.

    Every collapse was to the back 4 and the mid 2’s not tracking back.
    We are not safe at any point until we are safe.

    And has this what it has come down to? Being safe???

    Count me out.

  • 58 Blackley and Brownlie // Oct 25, 2015 at 4:29 PM

    Can’t believe the clown is being exonerated and the goalkeeper is being blamed. Colo. Once a hero, always a hero, huh?

  • 59 neverwin // Oct 25, 2015 at 4:32 PM

    Why did the referee let Cattermole get away with thuggery.
    Colo should have just left Elliott to take control of the situation.

  • 60 Yorkgeordie // Oct 25, 2015 at 4:34 PM

    Not exonerating him, just suggesting what his motive was

  • 61 gillmag // Oct 25, 2015 at 4:34 PM

    That was remember not reminder!

  • 62 Lynny // Oct 25, 2015 at 4:53 PM

    The other defeats have left a sour taste, cos we didn’t show up! This one – because the reff Ballsed it up! How many of our players is cattermole going to crock? How did he get away with that just before they broke away? We need to make a massive thing of it before the game at Our place, so the ref watches him! That said play like that at Our place – with our fans behind us….. We’ll hit them for 6! Gutted at the stick I’m going to get off the lads at work now!

  • 63 Blackstarbullet // Oct 25, 2015 at 4:57 PM

    McClaren really has got to get a grip on our disciplinary record. Colback now out after picking up yet another booking, Tiote gets booked just for walking onto the pitch and our red cards in the past 12 months is the worst in the PL.
    Very soon we’ll be unable to field a decent team due to our injuries and banned players.

  • 64 isleofmanman // Oct 25, 2015 at 6:05 PM

    H1 we were better than I’ve seen for a long long while

    BUT Colo is getting slower and slower and it WAS a pen because he didn’t have the pace to be fully up with the ball when he charged Fletcher

    And not the first time

  • 65 Malta Mag // Oct 25, 2015 at 7:07 PM

    As sickening as that defeat was, as disgusting a decision the sending off was, you have to say that it was one of our better performances of the season with lots to be optimistic about. No I’m not going mad but as Steve McLaren said, we controlled the game until Colocinni unnecessarily blocked Fletcher’s run. He didn’t need to do it and I’m afraid it once again highlights his limitations although no way on earth should he have walked. We looked solid till that point and looked a class above our Neanderthal cousins. Let them bask in their short lived glory as it won’t last. Come March we’ll give them such a hiding that they’ll be staring at the trap door named “Championship” while I’m convinced we’ll be top 10. Now’s the chance for Lascellis to come in and make the spot his own because once we sort the defence out we’ll realize we have a half decent team and dare I say a manager who deserves time and a bit more respect than he’s currently getting on these pages.

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