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?
What do you think?