Benitez’ Frustrations Starting To Show Through

There have been some weird refereeing decisions against Newcastle United this season and it looks like we have paid the penalty (excuse the pun) for being the biggest club in the league with attendances of over 51,000 at St. James’ Park and many of our away game sold out.

Against Burton Albion last week we were denied the retake of a penalty for encroachment by referee Keith Shroud – a rule everybody and their mother knows.

But none of the four officials on duty seemed to understand that simple rule last week.

That’s both amazing and embarrassing at the same time.

Rafa Benitez on Friday night

And even at the end of that game with Newcastle ahead by only 1-0, Rafa was complaining about why there was so much stoppage time being played.

That stoppage time that’s added on at the end of games for no particular cost us dearly on Friday night when Chris Wood scored in the 5th minute of stoppage time and we dropped 2 valuable points.

But we also did not defend very well so we cannot blame that too much on the officials – we made the mistake.

But Benitez was still very unhappy with referee Christopher Kavanagh on Friday night.

Benitez were arguing with fourth official Trevor Kettle as one after another dubious decisions went against us against Leeds.

It seems the atmosphere and huge crowds at Newcastle are just too much for these Championship officials who don’t have the experience in their careers of handling huge games and often cannot handle it.

This is what Rafa said after the game Friday:

“To be fair, I was not expecting this from the last four or five games, but after Nottingham Forest, then maybe I have to keep an eye on it,”

“I don’t have to be careful about what I say. I was very correct with the referees and I was defending them the other day when everyone could see there was a massive mistake.”

“I am and I have been very, very polite with them, but still I can be upset if I don’t like something.”

“I do not understand these decisions. I do not understand why they go against us.”

“I think the fans realise, after these four or five games, that we don’t have an explanation why we have these decisions.”

Next up for us is a game tomorrow afternoon at Ipswich and Brighton will be promoted if they beat Wigan at home.

We need to beat Ipswich.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • cyprus

    Apr 16, 2017 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #1

    Don’t know the rules man, but maybe you have to be a tad careful? Anyway you’re right. And it’s good you mention refs.

    We need to get a fake penalty or three, we’re owed that 😉

  • sing in the corner

    Apr 16, 2017 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #2

    Some refs used to be described as ‘homers’
    We have seen the rise of the ‘anti homer’ this season. We are a little biased of course, but it seems increasingly that they are determined to go against us at St James’ especially. 5 minutes of fame!

  • cyprus

    Apr 16, 2017 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #3

    Must go start the barbecue, massive family get-together ahead. There’ll even be one nufc fan there, to exchange views. My brother!

    Already had a heated discussion on time wasting at the corner flag. Me, yes, do the shearer. Him, no, organize carefully, keep your shape.

    Serious sxxxe.

  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 16, 2017 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #4

    Is Lazaar the first on the list of six Left Backs we shall buy over the next six seasons?

    Which will be good if that means Rafa is here for six seasons and maybe that is the price we pay. Or at least MA does.

  • G

    Apr 16, 2017 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #5

    A mackem mate of mine reckons Sunderland are in talks with Charles Zogbia on a freebie. I remember when I used to rate him, never seen a player diminish in skill as much or as fast. Last I heard of him he could barely get a game in the Indian league.

  • lochinvar

    Apr 16, 2017 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #6

    Ok the Refs are not in control and make poor even suspicious decisions.
    That apart on Friday night our discipline went out the window in the last few minutes.
    Diame was running about in their box looking for a glory goal and we had too many players in front of the ball leaving space for Leeds to exploit. Our defenders weren’t facing the ball and Colback was yards off the attackers when he should have been deeper and facing them.
    It reminded of Colo days when no one shouts to the defence to get together. That’s Lascalles job and he needs to lead the line.
    Leeds were going nowhere and we gave them the space to do what they did.
    At the other end why not force throw ins near their corner – the ball has to come back in the air and can be knocked out again and again and takes the pace out of any potential counter attack.
    Discipline – discipline – discipline

  • sing in the corner

    Apr 16, 2017 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #7

    Charlie Zog…
    He was a canny player initially, but Sissoko like temperament. Shows how low makems are sinking if they are in for him now. Busted flush!

  • kimbo

    Apr 16, 2017 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #8

    Rafa is frustrated, well not as much as I am.
    Our recent poor form is down to him and his team selection.
    We need to score goals and Murphy can do this better than Perez.


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