Andre Marriner sent off Serbian International striker Aleksandar Mitrovic today after only 16 minutes and that was the game right there – and it was the second time in three league games we have had a player sent off in the first half of the game.
As Steve McClaren says it’s difficult to win PL games when you only have ten men on the field.
Aleksandar Mitrovic getting red card
The 20 year-old Serbian will now miss three matches and we’ll have either Papiss Cisse or Ayoze Perez to come in – so art least we have good cover in that striker position this season.
This is what Steve McClaren said after the game about Mitrovic:
“He is gutted about that.¨ “He is a young player and has to learn. He’s a good player but I know him well.¨ “There is no intent in anything he wants to do – he just wants to win the ball.¨
“He is a winner.” “Very harsh.” “I hope I can appeal.¨ “No doubt we will lose it.¨ “We want to and I have looked it over and over.¨
¨You often get a lot of gauge on decisions from the players – and there was quite a few Arsenal players who seemed surprised.”
In fact the commentators on NBC Sports Network said Mitrovic will get a yellow card for that when it happened – they were wrong.
And at half time in the studio both analysts said it should have only been a yellow card, and added that the referee has ruined the game as a spectacle.
If Newcastle do appeal we have to be careful because if the FA considers the appeal frivolous, they could put an extra game on the suspension – to four games.
It was not a malicious challenge at all in what Aleksandar did, it was just very clumsy – and hardly a straight red card – but we don’t think we would win an appeal..
And we know the referees don’t have to answer to anybody when they mess up – maybe Marriner will get a Championship game in two weeks time, after the International break.
The referee made the biggest play of the day today at St. James’ Park, and basically ensured Newcastle would lose – and there’s something very wrong when that happens in football.
And it made it that much easier for Arsenal to get the 3 points, although the Gunners still struggled to score playing against 10 men.