Newcastle Overcome Poor Officiating To Get Huge Win

Robert Madley gave a really soft penalty to the home side last night when after 14 minutes he pointed to the penalty spot having adjudged that Ciaran Clark had fouled Glenn Murray when a corner was coming over and we noticed last night Murray is adept at falling down in the penalty box.

On BeIN Sports over here in the US they kept showing the penalty during the game and wondering how that was a penalty when if anything Glenn Murray fouled Ciaran Clark.

Glenn Murray scores from the spot

Rafa Benitez seemed annoyed on the touchline for most of the game last night and it seems to have started when the referee basically gave the home side a one goal start.

We had to make up for that with the flukiest goal you will ever see from Mohamed Diame after 81 minutes to put Newcastle level at 1-1.


And then a wonderful move 8 minutes later that was started off by a fabulous cross field ball from Matt Ritchie that found Atsu on the left wing.

The Ghanaian winger did everything right as he saw Ayoze Perez free in the middle and slotted the ball to him.

Perez hit the ball first time into the net after 89 minutes and Newcastle thoroughly deserved the win after they had worn down the opposition with their high tempo play, plus constant closing down and harassing of Brighton in that second half.

It was a great second half display of good play and determination for the Newcastle players who deserve all the credit for doing the double over Brighton.

Rafa Benitez was still upset about that penalty award after the game as he said this as reported in the Chronicle:

“It was difficult. But when you play against a good team who had an advantage from a goal from a penalty that wasn’t, then it’s always more difficult.”

“We had good players in front of us and a manager with experience.”  “There were a lot of things against us but the reaction of the team was good.”

“We had chances at the end of the first half. We started the second half trying to push and control.”

“The risk was always the counter attack because they had good pace.” “But we managed well and we were still creating chances.”

“I think that you have to be pleased with the team work and performance of everybody.”

“You have players coming off the bench and everybody gave their all.”

“I have watched the replay and he (Murray) was pushing our player.”

“They said: ‘Maybe he pulled his shirt’. But you can’t give a penalty in this type of game in this type of situation.”

“We have had two penalties and Brighton have had 10 this season. A lot of teams get penalties.”

“We are the most offensive team and have a lot of chances for penalties but we had just two penalties all season.”

“I am a little disappointed about that.”

It was a gift of a goal from Robert Madley who seems to make big mistakes when he takes the big games.

Remember this man turned the game at Sunderland last season when he awarded them a penalty and sent Coloccini off just before half time.

That red card was rescinded but Madley cost us that game at the Stadium of Light last season.

We wonder what happens when referees make such huge blunders in what was a huge Championship game that lived up to its promise last night.

It was a great spectacle for the Championship with both teams playing well and wanting the win.

Newcastle showed they are a really fit and determined side last night – we are proud of them.

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5 comments so far

  • mindshaft

    Mar 1, 2017 at 7:32 AM

    Comment #1

    Even the Brighton fans were saying Murray needs to stop diving ( something he learnt at Crystal Palace according to them ).

    Most Brighton fans on train back into town thought we deserved to win (although some thought they deserved a draw)

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 1, 2017 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #2


    totally agree with you about Goufran. He chased everything up front constant thorn in there side was involved in most f our moves – yes he missed a one-on-one but hell he created the chance himself.
    Dime yes he looked lazy at times and lost the ball, but he put in a hell of a shift in central midfield closing down getting in tackles.

    With Diame and Goufran up centre it stopped the opposition running down our centre so had to go wide and also gave Shelvey and Ritchie a lot more space. Atsu now has had a couple of good games – keep it up lad – prefer you on the left though as who can get in the crosses without doubling back on yourself.
    Murphy changed the game when he came on scared them sh*tless kept on losing their marker – lesson for Mitro on centre forward play.

  • Jan Stavik

    Mar 1, 2017 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #3

    Please no Colback next match, play Diame in midfield and let Murphy partner Gouffran up front. Super important win, hopefully we’ll not start on the back foot against Huddersfield, this side is much better when dominating possession.

  • giimps

    Mar 1, 2017 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #4

    I must hold my hands up and say i voted we would draw before thagame (knowing how much madley hates us) and when we lost the first goal before half time i was dubious as to whether wed even get that, just before half time the game changed ,about 10 minutes from the end of the first half there was a noticible change in intensity and we started to play our game.
    Second half we bossed, Dummet was for me the man of the match for his nullification of knockharte and general good play,as well as the header off the line to save Darlows blushes, Darlow apart from that slight error in positioning for that attempt was masterful, a truly game winning performance.
    Everyone played their part and once Diame was put into his rightful place we never looked like the positive result was in question……..well done everyone concerned ,Players,Manager…especially the fans ,getting back fro Brighton on a tuesday night must have been hell ( much sweeter with 3 points in the bag though) everyone except Madley, we should cite these two games with him as referee where he has been seen to be bias against us so he never darkens our door again…….on to the harder game IMHO, 3 points there will see us promoted i think , as long as we treat every game with the same respect we should be fine….great night to be a toon fan, and the first time we have scored or won at the amex stadium……hwtl

  • Sgt. Hag

    Mar 2, 2017 at 3:00 AM

    Comment #5

    Penalty was criminal! Here stateside they hammered that sorry sack of shite Ref! Good to be back Gents! Anyone who has been on here since our 1st relegation should remember me… never left been reading just haven’t posted in a long time! Hwtl


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