After the 1-0 win last night thanks to another great Matt Ritchie goal, Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez was frustrated that everybody will be talking about the refereeing error in the first half, when Keith Stroud disallowed a Matt Ritchie penalty for encroachment.
After discussing the situation with the other three officials, he awarded a free kick to Burton Albion in the penalty box when he should have allowed the penalty to be retaken – according to the rules of the game.
A really embarrassing mistake and it seems not one of the four officials knew what the rules were.
Rafa Benitez protests to the referee
It wasn’t pretty last night, but our lads got the job done again with a Matt Ritchie goal after 68 minutes and it was another fabulous goal scored with his right foot this time.
That’s 11 goals for Matt in the Championship and 15 goals in total in his first season on Tyneside – a terrific acquisition from Bournemouth in the summer for just £12M.
Rafa saw a lot of positives coming out of the game but was frustrated that all the news will be about the astonishing refereeing error.
This is some of what Rafa said immediately after the game last night to Sky Sports:
“You have seen the incident, you have a lot of experts to analyse, I was talking to the referee. I will not keep talking about that.”
“For me it was an important game, a fantastic goal from Matt Ritchie, a great goal. There was work rate, a lot of positives and unfortunately we talk about the incident.”
“The referee and me have been talking. We need to move forward. We can’t change what happened. We got three points.”
“We have to be ready to be stronger for the next one. After the incident we were losing our focus.”
“We knew this team was difficult to break down and to beat with a line of five at the back. We needed to make sure there was no mistake.”
“We did it until the end and we couldn’t be relaxed.”
We are still 10 points above third placed Huddersfield Town who beat Norwich 3-0 at home last night in the other game.
Newcastle now need 11 points from our final 6 games to ensure an automatic promotion spot.
Howay The Lads!!