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Kinnear Blames Officiating But Defense Was Problem

Joe Kinnear has come out this morning and blamed the officials for our poor result at Craven Cottage yesterday, but it was our defense that cost us the game. You cannot give two poor goals away to any team in the Premier league and expect to win.

Joe Kinnear – poor officiating yesterday

Joe talked today to the Newcastle Journal after the game:

“I don’t think we started that well, but we certainly finished the first half the better side and I thought we dominated the second half. If we’d had a proper referee, we would have come away with something,”

“There was a blatant foul prior to the penalty. Everybody’s seen it. It was a blatant push, and he’s ignored it. I don’t have any complaints about the penalty decision itself, but it’s what happened before that I’m angry about. If anybody was going to win that game, it was us, because we were camped in their half.”

“Claudio Caçapa was on the ball, but (Andrew) Johnson has completely pushed him out of the way. He’s got on the ball and gets the penalty. We get a Mickey Mouse referee doing nothing.”

“You don’t speak to referees nowadays, do you? You’ve got the likes of Graham Poll and all the other ex-referees talking all the time.”

“He’s made an error and it’s cost us. We had another one against Manchester City that cost us points. It doesn’t stop, but that’s the standard of refereeing in this country. It happens week in, week out, but they always have a smart answer.”

“They’ll tell you they didn’t see it because someone was obstructing their view. You can count the ones you want to respect on one hand. The refereeing has got worse. They used to put their hands up if they made mistakes – now they go and hide.”

Joe may well be cautioned for those comments, because the FA doesn’t take kindly these days to adverse criticism of referees.

But we’d rather concentrate on what we could have done yesterday to win the game and didn’t. The first goal yesterday was a disastrous goal to give away at a bad time, and although Fulham were the better side in the first half, if we could have held it to 0-0 we would have been in with an excellent chance of 3 points.

But Fulham gave a Fulham type display, to their credit, and worked their socks off for the win, and it’s true that no Premier League game these days is easy.

This was another below par performance from Cacapa, who was culpable for both goals, and we think Newcastle wil not take up their one year option on the Brazilian this summer.

We’ve lost 3 points through a display that just wasn’t good enough on the day, and we are very disappointed, to say the least. We could have been in 10th place with a win, which is where Fulham are now.

But we need to live and learn, and ensure we get all 3 points next Saturday against Wigan at home, and we think we’ll do just that.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • JMC

    Nov 10, 2008 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #1

    I just never would have played Cacapa at CB from the start. He played a big part in both of fulhams goals. I definately would have started Bassong at CB, he’s a natural CB anyway, younger, fitter, hungryer, more composed!!

    Well after watching the post match interview with Joe on nufctv i doubt very much Cacapa will be playing again while Joe’s in charge! haha

  • Stuart

    Nov 10, 2008 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #2

    Well I just hope this result will bring everyone down to earth.

    All week we;ve heard that Joe should be given the job full time after winning just 2 games!

    We lost the game and only used 1 sub! I thought the idea was to throw everything at them if were loing? Nzogbia was sat on the bech twidding his thumbs!

    The sooner this great club is bought the better, because it’s impossible to go forward until the ownership issue is sorted and we get a permanant manager the better!

    Ashley will have to sell because he doesn’t want to be selling a championship club. Hw won’t invest in Jan so the sooner the better and we can move forward!

  • Ageordiedoonsooth

    Nov 10, 2008 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #3

    It’s all well and good blaming the referee, but the major blame must be laid at the feet (or head) of Caccapa his header for the 1st Fulham goal was absymal he should not be playing Bassong is much better. Also Ameobi was a good yard offside when he scored. shley needs to sell the club quickly so we can buy some decent players in January. The league is so tight this year that I can see a club going down with 45 points.

  • Neil

    Nov 10, 2008 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #4

    Cacapa should never be allowed to wear the shirt again. If he walked into the club shop and wanted to buy the shirt he should be refused. I am not merely referring to both goals either (Which were both his fault) but his general play was awful. It’s like having a weak Titus back at the club as he makes all the errors that Bramble made except at least Bramble wouldn’t have got pushed off the ball so easily by a balding midget. I also thought we were pretty bad in general yesterday. It was almost typical NUFC wasn’t it. Starting to dominate the game in the 2nd half then up step the defence to undo all of our hard work. Jonas was awful and in my opinion was rightly subbed but that game was crying out for someone like Charlie. JFK really doesn’t fancy him and I fear for his NUFC future in January.

  • samthecat

    Nov 10, 2008 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #5

    The problem we have is that a win against Wigan and everyone will be back thinking we can get into Europe. We have conceded 21 goals in the last 11 games-thats the reality check -that is relegation form.

  • Ageordiedoonsooth

    Nov 10, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #6

    I agree conceding goals is a problem but against Man C, West Brom & Villa the back 4 was starting to look more solid with Barton & Butt in midfiled the team looked much less likely to concede. The problem is one or two injuries and we are back to the mistake riddle defence we used to have. We need to buy players in January or we could be in deep deep trouble, and for that to happen the club needs new owners.

  • Sav

    Nov 10, 2008 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #7

    I like JFK when he is straight-talking and appreciate loyalty to the players but this is just not facing up to the facts that we were well beaten and it was so unnecessary.
    The ref was ok. He gifted us a goal. Don’t start to kid anyone, Joe. We admire defeat with realism and good grace. Hodgson has done just as much as JFK working with a lot less.

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 10, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #8


  • Heavy hitters

    Nov 10, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #9

    Kinnear’s decision to play Cacapa ahead of Bassong cost us the game. I watched Bassong last Monday for the reserves and he had another good solid game !!

  • Nick

    Nov 10, 2008 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #10

    Kinnear is developing Allardyce and Souness tendencies, ie blaming everyone but himself for his own ineptitude.

    Bassong, Edgar or even Kadar would all have been better choices than Cacapa.

    JK has also shown himself to be tactically poor.
    Butt can’t pass the ball to a black and white shirt.
    Duff has knackered himself after a couple of good games – where were the subs?????????
    Martins has a chronic first touch.

    The only plus point from yesterday is that JK won’t be permanent.


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