Clough – Newcastle Will Go Up – We Should Have Had A Penalty

Brighton & Hove Albion came from behind last night to win 2-1 at St. Andrew’s after being behind in the second half until the 82nd minute.

That’s when Anthony Knockeart equalized for Brighton and they went onto to get the winner in the 95th minute through Glenn Murray to stay just one point behind Newcastle on 48 points with Reading 3rd on 40 points.

And after the loss to Newcastle yesterday by a score of 2-1 Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough believes Newcastle and Brighton are the best two teams in the Championship and that they will go up in the top two places in the league and the rest of the clubs will need to fight it out for the 3rd promotion place.

Nigel Clough – Burton Albion manager

That will be in the knockout rounds for the teams that finish in 3rd to 6th position.

But Clough believes they had no luck yesterday and believes they should have had a penalty in the last minute of the game when he thinks Jonjo Shelvey brought down John Brayford during that last-ditch corner – but referee Lee Probert didn’t give it.


Nigel has been talking and this is some of what he has said as reported in thew Chronicle today:

“I think they’ll go up – we think Newcastle and Brighton are the outstanding teams in this division.”

“We expect those two to go up and then everybody else to fight it out for the other spots.”

“We’ve got Newcastle out of the way at home when really you don’t expect to get anything from them.”

“But I think the nature of the performance will give us a boost in a strange sort of way.”

“We deserved at least a point and it’s difficult for the players, who have put in so much effort.” “It’s difficult to take.”

“We were close, just not close enough.” “It’s extremely difficult when you’re battling against the likes of Newcastle and Villa.”

“The likes of Newcastle punish you for errors.” “You might get away with them against some other teams, but when you’ve got the likes of Dwight Gayle getting on the end of them.”

“He ran into Kyle McFadzean, picks himself up, sprints 40 yards, lets it run through his legs and then puts it in.”

“The luck we need might be getting that penalty in the 94th minute when John Brayford gets dragged down.”

“It might be that we haven’t been given those decisions early on in the season.”

Here’s the standings with our next game being on the evening of Boxing Day a week tomorrow at St. James’ Park against Sheffield Wednesday with a 7:45 pm kick-off – the game is already a sell-out.

4Sheffield Wednesday461581

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 18, 2016 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #1

    Just before the action at the Marriott Hotel in Swansea – an unknown man is seen preparing himself in the honeymoon suite.

  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 18, 2016 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #2

    I feel a cough coming on, sorry guys…………………..

    Cough Cough Tosser Cough Cough

  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 18, 2016 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #3

    Hopefully there’s goals in the Man City match.

  • Jib

    Dec 18, 2016 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #4

    I was racking my brains for the perfect word to describe Mr Tuff
    Bingo Welshie
    He’s the epitomy of a tosser.
    Mr Tosser from now on methinks.

  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 18, 2016 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #5


    Not very creative are they when it comes to insults, if i got paid everytime there’s a Welsh joke, I would be a frigging millionaire by now, like i said not very creative at all.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 18, 2016 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #6

    Tsunki if u don’t have the grace to acknowledge that hughton has got a cheaper bunch of players and so is doing proportionally better it ain’t my fault. Viva Rafa but don’t turn into a Jail for goodness sake

    Now now Munster me old butternut squash I think you’re overreacting to a reciprocal swipe there, I can indeed show you some grace by responding to the above – no I don’t think Chris Hughton is doing anything proportionately better, especially as the Fat Lady has quite a few months to go before going through the exercise scales let alone burst into song. Chris has the benefit of previous managers assembled squad members, a team that, despite a blip with Hyppia, has since its last rocket ride into the Championship, been consistently the narrow almost-made-its for their five year tenure.

    Benitez on the other hand, as ably attested to by others, has had to cut out the rotten core and put together a fit for purpose promotion side in one season and appears to be succeeding thus far. All virtually within its own spend budget.

    It remains to be seen what the outcome for both teams will be, but on light of your promotion of the wonderful Al “Call me Average” Pardew, if I were you I’d hold back on the plaudits of CH until said portly songstress at least warms up the voice box.


  • Jib

    Dec 18, 2016 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #7

    Pardew’s song

  • bettyswallocks

    Dec 18, 2016 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #9
  • Jib

    Dec 18, 2016 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #10

    By gum I enjoyed that match.

    Wenger will still be whingeing as his coffin is lowered into the ground.

    Cannot wait until we are partaking of games like that under Rafa in 12 months time.

  • lesh

    Dec 18, 2016 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #11

    Tsunki, Munster

    Your debate is very subjective and it’s nigh on impossible to say who’s right or not.

    There’s an argument that we’ve got the better, more expensive squad but we mustn’t lose sight of the fact that Hughton’s had the core of his longer and thus had more time to work on and with them. In our case, Rafa’s undertaken a near total rebuild over a matter of months and had but a few months to get the lads playing his game.

    Why not acknowledge the strengths of each other’s arguments and
    agree that both clubs are doing well and on course for the Prem……. if all goes to plan.


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