How The Opposition Press Saw It Yesterday


It’s always interesting to look at the opposition report of the game to see it from their point if view.

The report in the Huddersfield Examiner last night had both of Newcastle’s first half goals very dubious.

It was a dubious penalty decision and then it looked like Daryl Murphy for the second goal kicked the ball out of the hands of the goalkeeper.

David Wagner and Rafa Benitez shake hands yesterday

But as we remember, even the Sky Sports commentators said the goalkeeper never had a hold of the ball – he didn’t – so that was a little far-fetched.

But we all know from previous terrible seasons on Tyneside when we lost so many games that when you don’t have the results you have to use the reasons – sometimes referred to as excuses.

That’s just the way it is.

We thought both penalty decisions yesterday were very dubious.

Here’s some of Blake Welton’s  report in the Huddersfield Examiner after the game with the following headline:|

Huddersfield Town 1 Newcastle United 3: David Wagner’s men undone in controversial fashion

“Two controversial first-half decisions from referee Roger East meant Huddersfield lost to Newcastle United in front of a sell-out John Smith’s Stadium crowd.”

“The opening positivity was quickly dampened as Newcastle were awarded a penalty in the 9th minute after Nahki Wells was adjudged to have brought Matt Ritchie down in the box.”

“The ball appeared to hit Jonjo Shelvey’s arm in the build up before Ritchie latched onto it and proceeded to go down with the slightest, if any, of touches for the resultant spot-kick.”

“And there was further controversy in the 32nd minute as Daryl Murphy doubled the visitors’ lead after Jonjo Shelvey found the forward with a simple ball over the top of the Town defence.”

“There were suggestions the Newcastle frontman took it out of the goalkeeper’s hands before prodding home.”

“David Wagner’s side slowly got to grips with Newcastle’s aggressive approach in the second half.”

“And the home side were rewarded in the 71st minute when Elias Kachunga was brought down in the box by Shelvey for a penalty.”

“Town were roared into life.”

“But they were undone by a Newcastle United third in stoppage time after substitute Dwight Gayle slotted past an on-rushing Joel Coleman.”

Here’s the full report from Blake Welton.

There’s no doubt Huddersfield Town are a very good team and that the intense David Whelan has done a fantastic job for the club in a short 16 months at the helm.

There has to be a good chance the Terriers can get promoted his season, but maybe through the playoffs?

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10 comments so far

  • one fine day

    Mar 5, 2017 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #1

    Missed game yesterday here.
    Watching the rerun on be in sports in Aus
    First thoughts …
    1Isaiah brown could do a job for us tidy .brain .touch. Very much a Benitez type player in my opinion
    2Be in sports .. How biased I’d the commentator ? Like he is willing udders to get something ….as biased as can be ….” Newcastle offering nothing going forward ” this said as we were two nowt up in the first half ….priceless.. Bellend

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  • WWSBRD

    Mar 5, 2017 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #2

    Haha each to their own

    Huddersfield arent ready for the pl imo their star players are all loans, end up like blackpool I reckon

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 5, 2017 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #3

    Ok. That’s a nice story. But do they really get paid as “journalist” dear oh dear.

    1/ shelvey definitely handled, Ritchie got the slightest of taps, but we got a rare decision so great

    2/ their keeper traps then loses the ball under him, it catches Murphy’s trailing foot and bounces into his path. He still has work to do and slots it home clinically. No foul or contact, keeper blunder. Watch the video you hack

    3/ not a classic defending challenge by shelvey, gave the ref the opportunity to balance his earlier decision.

    4/ let’s not butter this up, the goalie had a rush of heroic fervour and was itching to come out again, but realising the bounce had caught him, and momentarily forgetting he couldn’t use his hands, the ball ends up comically bouncing off his heed. Ha ha. That’s the punishment for gung ho gan wrang.

    Journalism? Not in that town 🙂

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  • Sheikh MagToon

    Mar 5, 2017 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #4

    David Whelan?
    More like David Wan*er!

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  • mindshaft

    Mar 5, 2017 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #5

    We can only mess up promotion ourselves here on in – anytime me remind me how many times Townsend got to play for England by staying in Prem with palace .. and now he plays for fat Sam pmsl

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  • yorkymag

    Mar 5, 2017 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #6

    One fine day
    You are spot. On Brown will grace the premier league
    But in a Chelsea shirt he is their player and imo has a bright future
    He was by a mile the best player on the pitch yesterday ,but credit to colback who did a job on him yesterday

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 5, 2017 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #7

    It wasn’t just the press whinging yesterday:
    Huddersfield could be in trouble from FA:
    Assistant ref was showered in clappers plus a heavy object after Murphy’s goal.
    Ref East was criticised by the pitch announcer at half time and also asked ex player Harry Bunn what he thought of the TOON penalty – Bunn caused Ritchie of diving.

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  • catchy in norway

    Mar 5, 2017 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #8

    Wow, i watched a different game to that reporter, it was hand ball by jonjo, but that phase of play had passed and in the box there was minimal contact, but that is all that is needed,
    2nd goal, nothing wrong with it at all, keeper only had one hand on the ball, that makes it fair game.
    there pen again was minimal contact and i think the ref tried to balance things up.

    our 3 goal was just great pressure by Gayle, there keeper ran out to fast and over shot, and that’s one of Gayles great attributes

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  • braith52

    Mar 5, 2017 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #9

    one fine day — you can watch the full 90 minutes the next day on http://www.nufc.co.uk
    my cousin lives in Newcastle in Australia i have given to him info enjoy

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  • widowmagandapoke

    Mar 6, 2017 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #10

    How many times have we had similar protests I would add. We have been on the wrong end of so many 50/50 decisions it is like a breath of fresh air to have the rub of the green for once. And I agree, their keeper was responsible for not holding on to the ball with two hands. It was Murphy trailing foot that rolled it into an accessile shooting position. Brilliant slot in from a difficult angle.

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