Most people who saw the game today – even those from Sunderland – would probably admit that Newcastle were the better side – ( on second thoughts maybe not Sunderland fans) – and we dominated the first half but missed what chances we created.
But then in added time in the first half the eferee made the biggest play of the game when he awarded Sunderland a penalty after Coloccini had slightly nudged Steven Fletcher in the penalty area.
You see those nudges all the time from defenders but of course Fletcher went flying – he must have been practicing those in training to look so good – and referee Robert Madley then made two mistakes.
The first was to give a penalty.
Adam Johnson after scoring from penalty spot
The second mistake was to send off Coloccini for what he therefore must have thought was a clear goalscoring opportunity, but TV replays showed goalkeeper Rob Elliot was always going to reach the ball first.
There will be an appeal by Newcastle about the sending off and we’d be surprised if we cannot get that red card overturned – it should have been a yellow.
But once again a referee’s decision ruined a Premier League game – and it happens far too much and there far too many red cards in today’s game.
In the olden day you only ever got send off unless it was really serious, but these days you can two innocuous yellow cards and you are off – they should change the rules somehow so less player are sent off.
But of course in those days if you were fouled the players got up and played on – they didn’t roll around on the pitch until the referee shows the red card and then they are up on their feet and fine.
The players con the referees far too much these days.
Even with 10 men in the second half Newcastle looked a more accomplished side.
But this was the third time we have had a man sent off in the first half and after Cheick Tiote picked up a yellow after 12 minutes (last week it was after 5 minutes) we were just happy he was still on the field when the game went into added time in the first half.
So this is another game we found a way of losing – but with the referee’s help this time
6 points from the first 10 games is not good and we assume Lee Charnley is getting his transfer targets ready so we can fortify the team in January – especially our defense which has now conceded 22 goals – the worst in the Premier League.
And that’s after conceding 190 goals in the last three seasons combined – so we already knew we have a very poor defense.
Not enough was done to improve it this summer.
If we keep losing games like this one, we could be in the relegation zone come January and that will make it more difficult to bring good players in.