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.