Newcastle fans are reacting this morning to another Newcastle win – this time 1-0 against Burton Albion so it’s the perfect result for Benitez – a win and a clean sheet.
But it wasn’t perfect refereeing and the Newcastle win has been completely overshadowed in the national press by a terrible mistake by referee Keith Stroud.
He should have had Matt Ritchie retake his penalty in the first half after it was disallowed for encroachment, but instead he gave a free kick to Burton.
What had he been smoking?
Rafa Benitez gets involved – Hey what are you doing!
Here’s some reaction this morning to the game, but it’s mostly about the incompetence of the officials.
— Norman Riley (@LikeTheGoat) April 6, 2017
We won, though still our lack of cutting edge is worrying. We need a mass overhaul in the summer #Nufc
— Jon Lamberton (@Lambie_Ov_Hebn) April 6, 2017
Keith Stroud is wandering around the pitch at #nufc asking why the players haven’t come out for the third half.
— Steve Lyons (@exlob) April 6, 2017
Has Ritchie kicked every corner flag at SJP yet? #NUFC
— Ryan (@Ryan_NUFC99) April 6, 2017
If the 4th official had just got his smart phone out and googled the rule, like everyone else in the stadium….. #NUFC
— Richard (@rp6805) April 6, 2017
Can we move on from the penalty incident now. We won and the referee apologied. What more do people expect…#nufc
— Jonny D (@Jonny5isalive1) April 6, 2017
I’m still in shock with that decision last night for #NUFC ! Surprised he came out for 2nd half with 48 thousand geordies goin beserk
— Paul Dudgeon (@paulyd_81303) April 6, 2017
Burton Albion agree the referee’s decision was a mistake and have asked if the game can be replayed #NUFC
— Thomas Jones (@tomj191) April 6, 2017
— Taylor and Besty (@TaylorandBesty) April 6, 2017
Just seen the penalty/free kick thing.
I want whatever that ref is on. #nufc
— Relwots (@Relwots) April 6, 2017