Referee Was Poor – But Newcastle Find Another Way To Lose

It was another disappointing defeat for Newcastle yesterday at the Stadium of Light and the reason we were beaten his time we suppose is because of atwo poor referee decisions that gave Sunderland a penalty before the break and we then had Coloccini sent off.

It was an innocuous little shove on Steven Fletcher from the captain but the striker dived as if he had been hit by a freight train and managed to con the referee – but Coloccini did not need to put in the challenge with Elliot obviously going to get to the ball first.

Steve McClaren half time Sundelrand

Steve McClaren annoyed at the break

It looks like football is becoming like basketball – a non-contact type of sport – but it was poor refereeing by Robert Madley who with two decisions turned the game on its head after Newcastle had been dominant in that first half.

This is what  right-back Janmaat said after the game:

“I think we were by far the better team in the first half, and then we get a red card like this – it was unbelievable.”

“I don’t like to blame referees, but that was not a penalty. I think everybody saw it – and a red card is crazy in my opinion.”

“It kills the game. I don’t like excuses, but I think we had 70 per cent possession in the first half and were far better than them.”

“In the second half we lost the game with 10 men. It disappointing, because in the first half we played well.”

“I think the penalty was nothing. It’s a contact sport.” “We had some good chances, and we needed to score.

“We were far better. That’s what’s so disappointing. We didn’t deserve it.”

We missed several chances in the first half and rather than concentrate on the penalty and sending off we could have been two up by then but we weren´t – so while we controlled the game in the first half we couldn´t score.

While the sending off was the big thing in the derby game and led to our sixth successive loss to the Black Cats  for the first time ever – another dubious record this year – we wonder what it will be next Saturday when we are at home to Stoke.

This team seems to find a way of losing games and while most fans think we played well and we were OK yesterday if only we had kept 10 men on the pitch – we are becoming a calamity team who find bizarre ways of losing games.

It´s happening too many times.

We have 6 points from the first 10 games and the sending off is enough to deflect the attention from this woeful start to the season.

There´s something missing from this Newcastle side and that was the third time this season we have had  player sent off in the first half and we have lost all three games and failed to score a goal in any of them.

And if McClaren keeps playing Cheick Tiote he´ll be sent off soon as well.

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