Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles avoided a late red card yesterday when the referee Graham Scott
did not think he denied Mohamed Salah a goal-scoring opportunity.
We’ll take that bit of luck otherwise one of our best players would have been out of the crucial game at home to Southampton next Saturday afternoon.
The Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp thought it was a clear penalty although Rafa did not agree.
Jamaal Lascelles chases down Mo Salah
Here’s what Rafa said about the incident and he also freely admits his side has to pick up points quickly:
“Watching from the bench, maybe,” “Watching the reply, it was not very clear.”
“The referee maybe had the same opinion, that it wasn’t very clear. Watching the replay, both situations were not very clear.”
“We were playing against a dangerous team,” “We know they have the pace up front. We managed for 40 minutes then it was a mistake.”
“We had to go for it in the second half and were then more open. You have to keep the balance to be stronger in the defense and create chances in attack.”
“We are learning, but we are still making mistakes against teams. We are improving, but this team has to get points.”
Newcastle are still just a couple of points above of the relegation zone, with Crystal Palace still to play: they are at home to Manchester United on Monday night.
It looks like this relegation fight could go down to the final game of the season – we are at home to Chelsea in that game.
Here are the current standings.