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It’s Gone – We Can’t Do Anything About It

7:46 am, Wednesday, October 28th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 9 Comments

It seems that assistant coach Paul Simpson will give an interview on nufcTV most Tuesdays before a game on the weekend and he gave one yesterday after Newcastle found out that Fabricio Coloccini? red card had been rescinded – but it was an obvious error by rookie referee Robert Madley who should never have been given such a high profile game to referee.

The decision recked Newcastle´s chances of winning the game – but it´s water under the Tyne Bridge now,  but there are also too many mistakes being made by these match officials.

paul simpson with two balls

Paul Simpson – overturned red card no consolation

It´s going to be an ongoing problem because of the huge money involved in the Premier League these days.

It was good news that Colo can now play for us on Saturday against Stoke but small comfort that we still lost against Sunderland under very dubious circumstances.

This is some of what Paul said – initially on Colo´s dismissal just before half-time:

“The fact that the card has been overturned tells us that other people agree.”

“There was only one person who thought it was a penalty and the Sunderland fans behind the goal who are naturally going to be biased and say it was a penalty.”

“We know we were in full control of that game and it got taken away from us and that’s disappointing.” “It’s gone though and we can’t do anything about it.”

“I don’t think I’ve ever been as disappointed with a really odd decision.”  “It was a gut wrenching blow when I saw what the referee had decided to do on Sunday.”

“We were in a game where we felt we were so in control.” “We were so pleased with the way we were playing and applying their game plan and how we were set about Sunderland. We were delighted.”

“We knew we needed a goal to stamp our authority on the game and felt it was a matter of time.”

“It wasn´t a consolation – no – because we can’t change the result.”  “We can’t change the record or statistic that Sunderland have won the last six.”

“We are absolutely gutted for ourselves, but even more so you have to think of the fans feel.”  “We had unbelievable support again and I’m sure they felt we dominated the game in the first half.”

“We made them look a very poor side in that first period.” “But they won it so they can say whatever they like.”

“They can look back and say they have won the last six and that’s a difficult thing to deal with and horrible for the supporters.”

“It’s horrible for us to deal with as coaches and players.” “In the end we had to take it on the chin.” “You have to expect that they won it comfortably at the end of the 95 minutes.”

“But it could have been so different without the decision we had to deal with.”

Paul is right that it´s very hard to take for Newcastle fans – it´s absolutely gut-wrenching.

But hopefully our players will come out against Stoke and give us that kind of performance we saw against Sunderland in the first half for the full 90 minutes – but we must be disciplined and take our chances.

If we can get a win on Saturday it will help ease the pain of our supporters.

But it´s time to move on from another calamitous derby loss – this time caused by the appointment of an inexperienced referee for the game.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Newcastle News · nufcTV · Premier League

9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 hibbitt // Oct 28, 2015 at 7:52 AM

    charlie / ron …..floppy chops can be a pain but till we got some points on the board were in BIG TROUBLE and he’s right people on here keep saying we are playing better football we won’t go down come january we will buy who will come to a team in the bottom 3 ……….we are in a relegation fight yes its easy on the eye but we need points now….we can give all the excuses in the the world but they don’t count ……..we are in a relegation fight now

  • 2 optimistic prime // Oct 28, 2015 at 7:54 AM


    The fixture list until jan is one of the reasons I’m not ready to panic yet, if we’re in the same position after the next half dozen games I will start to panic.

    I’d rather have our squad and style of play than the others mentioned, we’ve had nothing but bad luck for a while, Surley the worm must turn soon.

  • 3 Ron Knee // Oct 28, 2015 at 7:57 AM

    This is what Ashley means by ‘making our own luck’!

  • 4 sparky55 // Oct 28, 2015 at 7:59 AM

    hate this time of the day when ED is on speed


    The maths and the odds of us staying up don’t stack up based on keeping the same personnel we have now.

    This team will not all of a sudden come good because I don’t believe the individual parts can play any better than they are now or have shown up until now.

    We are playing good football going forward…we play with much more controlled possession…there confidence levels are good and the players are playing for the manager…which is all good and so much better than we’ve seen for years…but our defence and two components of our midfield are no where near the level we need to survive.

    If SM keeps on playing the same players he’s played for the last two games we will go down. We beat Norwich in a game that could have been 6-6 and we lost to the scum 3-0 albeit we were down to 10 men…but the fact remains both teams are relegation fodder just like we are and we have to change personal to get the team to a different level which means we won’t consistently ship two goals a game.

    If he doesn’t stop picking Colo and doesn’t get a better class CDM then we’re fcuked and we’ll go down playing great football but with the worst goals against record ever.

    Something has to change or we are going down

  • 5 firebug666 // Oct 28, 2015 at 8:04 AM

    I don’t think we will go down, as OP said @ 36, “We need a little luck and we’ll be flying”, or maybe just an unbiased referee.

    We still have 28 games left, the team is showing improvement each week and as everyone knows football is swings and roundabouts, we have had a poor start and some poor decisions against us but over the season they tend to balance out.

    I said at the start of the season that we would finish about 15th, and I still think we will.

  • 6 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Oct 28, 2015 at 8:09 AM

    My worry in a relegation battle we don’t have the fighters to battle out of it – so like optimistic the way the fixtures have turned out we have a great chance before the transfer window to climb out of the bottom three into lower middle table and hopefully buy and build in the transfer window.

    I think the team club are going in the right direction but it is slow, slow and hopefully relegation does not overtake us before we to be a top ten team.

  • 7 Mag52 // Oct 28, 2015 at 8:13 AM


    Agreed. Points are what we need at the moment, and a few performances like the one against West Ham on the last day of last season to get them.
    We don’t want to wait till the last half dozen or so games before pulling out all the stops. It could well be too late by then. The fight against relegation starts this weekend. Hope you’re up for it Macca.

  • 8 martoon // Oct 28, 2015 at 8:14 AM

    firebug666 @5 Being the sad person I am I checked your prediction and you did indeed predict 15th with 42 points 😉

  • 9 firebug666 // Oct 28, 2015 at 8:27 AM


    Thank you, glad I got it right 😀

    We will get out of this mess this season though, I am sure of that.

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