Rafa Benitez has talked about why both central midfielders Jack Colback and Isaac Hayden were surprisingly left out of the squad that got the job done at home on Wednesday night, with a very good 1-0 win at home to Burton.
But it was not before we saw more ridiculously poor officiating when all four officials showed they didn’t understand the rules about retaking a penalty if encroachment should happen.
That cost us a goal in the first half.
Did we say it was ridiculous – then add embarrassing to that.
Isaac Hayden with the boss – could start tomorrow at Hillsborough
What other rules do those officials not understand?
We had expected Isaac Hayden to have started the game on Wednesday night, after he had come on and played a little against Wigan.
But Mo Diame came in against Burton to partner Jonjo Shelvey and Mo did well.
Local lad Jack Colback was also not in the squad for the Brewers.
This is what gaffer Rafa has said about the two missing players as reported in the Shields Gazette today:
“Jack Colback was feeling bad during Tuesday night – a lot of fever – and he was not available.”
“Isaac Hayden was a little bit tired after the last game against Wigan, and so we didn’t want to take any risks.”
“We will see the resolution of Jack, obviously.”
“But I think Hayden could be fine too after a couple of days to treat him and to work with him.”
Once he’s fully fit we expect Isaac Hayden to play alongside Jonjo Shelvey in central midfield – we hope that’s tomorrow afternoon in the late kickoff game.
What do you think?