We’ll have to moan and groan for a bit yet, after that shocking display from referee Stephen Martin last night, but in the cold light of day it was still another 3 points lost and our third defeat in 6 days.
Yesterday was not a good day – I got some bad personal news too, so it was a bad day all around with Newcastle then losing.
Newcastle went from three defeats this season to six defeats this season – and that’s not good and we simply need at some point to hunker down, concentrate on the football and get back to our winning ways.
Referee Stephen Martin
It was a bizarre game last night and it seems in some way the Newcastle games may be too big for some of these inexperienced referees in this league.
Paul Dummett could get his sending-off revoked and it reminded us of Coloccini’s dismissal at Sunderland when that was also just before half time too and he gave away a penalty with an innocuous tackle on Fletcher and was sent off.
Coloccini’s red card was scaled back to a yellow on appeal, but of course the damage was already done.
As far as the Jonjo Shelvey sending off – he lost control and he will be out for three games – there’s just no way that red card will be overturned.
And since on December 19th there will be a hearing on his FA misconduct charge, he could be out for at least the next 8 games if he is found guilty and that will impact Newcastle big time.
So we have definitely hit some stormy weather in the league at the moment.
The bottom line is once we let off a little bit of steam we need to quickly get back to business – and if it means the referees are biased against us in some games – so be it.
We still have to find ways of winning and getting out of this league.
We’re devastated about what happened last night and what happened last week – but we have to get over it and simply keep moving forward.
There’s nothing else to do.
What do you think?