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Rafa Not Happy With Referee – But Praises His Players


Referee Mike dean never seems to have a good game when he referees a Newcastle game.

And he was true to form this afternoon when he made some strange decisions, the worst of which was a penalty for a foul by Fernandez on Ake – but you see this at almost every corner that’s taken.

Why he decided to give a penalty, we have no idea, but that was the crucial decision in the game because Bournemouth were right back in it.

It took a brilliant equalizer four minutes into stoppage time for Newcastle to equalized and get the point they deserved this afternoon.

Paul Dummett – amazing goal-line clearance from the full-back

This is some of What Rafa said, and he’s not impressed with the referee:

“We are not happy with a lot of things. If you analyze situations in the first half, DeAndre was fouled in the box.”

“The penalty against us. You’re talking about things there where we have different opinions (from the referee ).”

“Some decisions you need to have VAR and you have to make sure you get the decisions right.”

“There were too many decisions that didn’t go our way today. To be sure for the future and we can improve that.”

“I will have to check but if you give a penalty like that, then you have to give 100 in every game.”

“The performance of the team was very good and then everything changed in the first minute of the second half and we would like to have these situations fairer in the future.”

“It changes everything in the second half, we were winning one nil and you can take risks and we were not very happy after that goal.”

“But it is not the first time we have had difficult situations and the reaction has been very positive.”

“Bournemouth are a good team and they attack quite well and we did what we had to do to create chances.”

“Defenders did well against a good offensive team and it was not easy for them but they did well.”

“It’s a great goal from Ritchie and we were pushing until the end.”

“That is football.”

There were some excellent performances from the Newcastle players with Ritchie, Rondon, and Dummett all outstanding.

Dummett was captain for the day, and he made an excellent clearance off the line (shown above) that saved Newcastle – you can understand why he’s so trusted by the manager.

At the end of the day, it was a good point for Newcastle.

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174 comments so far

  • Jib

    Mar 16, 2019 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #1

    Dean seems to make decisions on a whim

    Fabulous second half fight back at Twickers
    by the sweaty socks btw

    2
  • Jib

    Mar 16, 2019 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #2

    Scotland 31 – 0 down after half an hour
    Now 31 – 31

    1
  • ronaldo aarons

    Mar 16, 2019 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #3

    Welsh Geordie
    I’m just messing btw. That second goal was proper quality.

    1
  • cyprus

    Mar 16, 2019 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #4

    Excellent save by Dummett, but it didn’t count Ed. A foul was given.

    The captain had an excellent game and so did Ritchie. The latter edged MOM because of his overall involvement and that amazing strike. No luck in that. Pure skill.

    3
  • ronaldo aarons

    Mar 16, 2019 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #5

    Jib
    I don’t follow rugby but surely Pickford must be playing? Heard he caught the attention of the rugby manager last week with a monstrous tackle.

    3
  • ronaldo aarons

    Mar 16, 2019 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #6

    Good to see delph deserving his England call up. Doesn’t play and when he does gives a reckless pen away.

    #EnglandsFinest

    Whatever he offers Southgate must be very good and most definitely is off the field 😉

    4
  • Jib

    Mar 16, 2019 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #7

    Ronaldo
    Even in rugby the guy has to have the ball when
    you tackle him

    2
  • Ron Knee

    Mar 16, 2019 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #8

    Exit Delph. Quelle surprise.

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 16, 2019 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #9

    Not sure if Ritchie was getting abuse from the Bournemouth fans but loved the way he celebrated instead of this modern day shite of putting your head down, it meant the world to him.

    2
  • ronaldo aarons

    Mar 16, 2019 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #10

    Jib
    Right, I thought it would have been his little arms that ruled him out of a career in rugby.

    2
  • IrishRob

    Mar 16, 2019 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #11

    The worst thing about Mike Dean is his arrogance, at the end of the match Rafa went to tell him I want to talk to you in the dressing room, and you could see Mike saying the words “for what?” In his head you know with a retort like that he’s thinking, I’m the boss I’m right and you’re wrong, I shouldn’t have to answer to you. He hates to be told he might be wrong. I can’t stand him.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Mar 16, 2019 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #12

    Jail
    Yeah he did celebrate then stopped as he realised it was v Bournemouth.

    3
  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Mar 16, 2019 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #13

    Could get in trouble for those comments I think. Prick refs protected from criticism being the norm, wouldn’t be surprised if the FA deemed him to have crossed the line.

    0
  • IrishRob

    Mar 16, 2019 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #14

    Hail there is no way Rafa will get into trouble for that. He chooses his words very carefully. Has allowed say his opinion is different from the ref’s, he’s just not allowed flat put say the ref was wrong.

    1
  • Posh_Geordie

    Mar 16, 2019 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #15

    What a bizarre rugby match

    0
  • Dondatta13

    Mar 16, 2019 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #16

    so 16th placed spal beat roma 2 – 1 lol

    Oh well, fun while it lasted

    2
  • IrishRob

    Mar 16, 2019 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #17

    One thing I’m really starting to dislike though is the way Richie almost never passes to Almiron. It can’t be a tactical thing if he only passes to him once or twice in the hole game. And I really feel its impeeding Miggy if he wants to score goals.

    For Miggy to score i think he needs passes from Richie, mainly because Richie is the guy who seems to be in the position to give the ball to miggy in the right scoring position for him. Namely the 3rd quarter up the pitch on the left hand side.

    I hope he’s only doing it because maybe he feels miggy is just putting himself in stupid positions to receive the ball. Which he does do sometimes tbf, but he’s been in good positions for a pass plenty of times in previous matches and he always prefers to pass into the no.10 position than to miggy.

    Makes you wonder if they get on as well as they should, or in fact if its a Rafa tactic.

    Anyone have any opinions on it????

    5
  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 16, 2019 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #18

    Just about to have a tenner on Man City scoring 2 and betting suspended. Clever barstewards.

    0
  • Jib

    Mar 16, 2019 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #19

    Marriner you utter tosser

    0
  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 16, 2019 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #20

    2-2 ffs

    1
  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Mar 16, 2019 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #21

    IrishRob

    Aye, he does pick his words carefully, but seems a bit stronger than previous here and he belaboured the point.

    Think we’ll be one of the main benefactors from VAR next season. If we invest well too, then the next step is to have the kind of season Wolves are enjoying.

    2
  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 16, 2019 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #22

    No way that was a frigging penalty, bunch of tossers.

    1
  • Pitmatic

    Mar 16, 2019 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #23

    Wouldn’t mind us taking a punt on Daniel James. I wonder if Hayden fancies a switch to Swansea in the summer?

    0
  • Jib

    Mar 16, 2019 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #24

    Does Pep’s wooly hoody have ears on the hood ?
    Is he planning a sheep ambush later ?

    2
  • Dondatta13

    Mar 16, 2019 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #25

    3-2 city ….

    Roma, im not your friend!

    2
  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 16, 2019 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #26

    Unlucky, great effort lads.

    1
  • Mindshaft

    Mar 16, 2019 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #27

    Poor display from officials in Swansea game too – clearly not a pen and Aguero offside for the winning goal.
    F.A favouring some teams and punishing others constantly

    3
  • IrishRob

    Mar 16, 2019 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #28

    Whatever happens with VAR it can’t be a thing where it helps the ref, there needs to be a challenge system to stop refs overruling a possible fowl etc. The captain should be allowed to challenge decisions like red cards penalties and offsides. Otherwise you’re still going to get bad reffing decisions and sometimes corruption. Take what happened today for example, It was in no way a penalty but no one can challenge the refs decision. 9/10 times even of the refs realise they got it wrong they ain’t gonna reverse their decisions, because they don’t want to be made look wrong on a big tv screen for everyone to see. Refs need to be held far more accountable and they need to be allowed to be questioned by each captain.

    1
  • Paully

    Mar 16, 2019 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #29

    Oh well Swansea that’s how it goes!

    3
  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 16, 2019 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #30

    IrishRob,
    Do you honestly think that if it as an issue our tactical genius of a manager won’t have noticed.

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 16, 2019 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #32

    Squelch,
    Ha ha ha, I bet there’s no transfers this summer.

    3
  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 16, 2019 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #33

    We could be safe on 35 points
    Just been looking at fixtures to play
    Burnley got a hard run in
    Chelsea Man City Everton and Arsenal last four game
    Also Cardiff got a tough run in
    got to play Chelsea Man City Liverpool and Man Utd
    13 April also massive game Burnley play Cardiff at home

    3
  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 16, 2019 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #34

    I set up a Ladbrokes account to put City 3-2 on, at 0-2 couldn’t see an option So went City to score 2, betting suspended 🙁
    Anybody know what odds 3-2 would have been at 2-0 down to compound my misery 😮

    1
  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 16, 2019 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #35

    Jail

    I wouldn’t worrry dipshit both teams will be playing each other soon in the championship anyway.

    3
  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 16, 2019 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #36

    By the way jail, who won the grand slam today, I haven’t looked yet.

    Wink ?

    2
  • Jib

    Mar 16, 2019 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #37

    IrishRob
    there needs to be a challenge system to stop refs overruling a possible fowl
    Yeah chickens on the pitch are really annoying
    😛

    5
  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 16, 2019 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #38
  • Jib

    Mar 16, 2019 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #39

    Welshie
    There’s no point trying to wind him up about Rugby
    He was invited to watch Newcastle Falcons and
    didn’t have a scooby doo what was happening.

    2
  • Jib

    Mar 16, 2019 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #40

    So this is WW3 you sad old man

    4
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