The Chronicle is reporting that Rafa Benitez was furious after the game on Friday night and of course you only have to watch his interview after the game to see that, but apparently off camera he was completely lived about what happened.
In his interviews after the game Rafa concentrated on the antics of Henri Lansbury the former Arsenal junior who was involved in both penalties and the Newcastle manager even suggested the FA may want to look at the video of the incident with Jonjo Shelvey.
They will see that Lansbury kicked out at the Newcastle player before Jonjo did the same with Lansbury – and for which he received his red card.
Rafa Benitez – looks shattered after the game
He pointed out the FA can do that now – to look back at what the referee may have missed and charge a player after the game.
But Rafa was also very smart and in order to avoid punishment from the FA he refused to talk too much about the referee Stephen Martin, who seemed to act in the first half as if he wanted to ensure Newcastle would not win the game.
He gave Nottingham Forest two penalties, sent two of our players off, disallowed a perfectly good headed goal from Ciaran Clark and turned down a good appeal for a penalty.
Here’s some of what Rafa said after the game related to the referee:
“It is very difficult to understand what happened.” “We can complain about the penalty not given, the goal offside, the Forest penalty given and the two red cards.”
“I haven’t spoken to the referee, I don’t need to do it.” “I have seen the images and it’s obvious and clear to me.”
“We did really well, we were doing what we had to do, but it’s a big difference when you have 45 minutes of a numerical two-man superiority, it’s not easy.”
When it gets as blatant as it looked on Friday night surely the FA needs to investigate or at least interview the referee and have him explain his decisions – behind the scenes of course.
It was a game at half time that would be very difficult for Newcastle to win with just 9 men but the lads played their hearts out in those final 45 minutes and almost got a point but for an 86th minute winner form Forest.
That tells you how good a team we have.
Now we need to put this terrible game behind us and go on a long win streak.