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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

  • NY Mag

    Mar 17, 2019 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #161


    Not that I want to get involved in a ‘battle of the sexes’
    And of course, I don’t get to watch MOTD on this side of the pond….
    But, I agree with you that footy knowledge is not gender specific 🙂

  • lesh

    Mar 17, 2019 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #162

    To all our Irish friends….. Enjoy your day


  • lesh

    Mar 17, 2019 at 12:55 AM

    Comment #163


    Reminds me that Pat Foley, who managed the Bridge Hotel back in the 60s and 70s, was a member of the 15th International Brigade that fought in Spain. Given what’s going on in the world, I’d imagine him turning in his grave and wondering why he bothered.

    Sorry but the world’s going mad.

  • carltoon

    Mar 17, 2019 at 1:02 AM

    Comment #164

    NY mag reading through the match day blog after the match is hilarious. My footy knowledge is really just with going to watch the toon. But unlike a lot of folk I know the off side rule, and conduct an intelligent conversation about football with whoever is interested, mutch to the annoyance of my Husband.

  • carltoon

    Mar 17, 2019 at 1:04 AM

    Comment #165

    Holy Saint Patrick’s Day to all our Irish posters. Don’t get to drunk.

  • carltoon

    Mar 17, 2019 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #166

    Happy Saint Patrick’s Day.!!!!! Bloody predictive text.

  • NY Mag

    Mar 17, 2019 at 1:07 AM

    Comment #167


    I never read the blog during the game (I’d much rather watch it).
    However, I always read through the comments afterwards – the less said the better….. 😀

  • carltoon

    Mar 17, 2019 at 1:08 AM

    Comment #168

    Ha ha same here.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Mar 17, 2019 at 1:50 AM

    Comment #169

    Yeah, you’d think the players getting a hammering don’t have a pro of very high quality doing their damnedest to thwart them or best them at every turn, and then on a day like today, truly rotten conditions making good football doubly hard, and to cap it all off Mike Bliddy Dean running amok, all to contend with. 🙂

  • Ben Afri

    Mar 17, 2019 at 3:47 AM

    Comment #170

    Never been sure about why managers are not allowed to criticise the referee. Players can be criticised, opposing players very often are. Opposing managers can be criticised. So can even fans. So why can’t a referee, the most influential person on the pitch, be questioned? Is it because referees represent the FA and therefore, the establishment can’t be brought into question?

    So many dictatorial laws including getting booked for removing your jersey in the throws of passion, simply because you’re denying jersey sponsors 5 seconds of advertising.

  • Ben Afri

    Mar 17, 2019 at 3:48 AM

    Comment #171

    That was line was not supposed to sound so sexual lol

  • Jib

    Mar 17, 2019 at 7:19 AM

    Comment #173

    March 2018
    P 31, W 9, D 8, L 14, GF 31, GA 40, GD -9, Points 35
    March 2019
    P 31, W 9, D 8, L 14, GF 31, GA 40, GD -9, Points 35

  • IrishRob

    Mar 17, 2019 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #174

    Ben afri…. I reckon its to do with what used to go on 20-25 years ago all the death threats and abuse and how they had to be escorted off the pitch. I think they made an effort to take the blame and responsibility off the refs to protect them. But its gone too far in the other direction now.

    Also I’m convinced it has to do with corruption too. See if someone like Sepp Blatter wanted the ref to influence a game, then when it happens there’s No one to blame. They come out and say Don’t blame the ref its not his fault, he’s human. Etc….. So they have a way of corrupting the game every now and then, and under today’s guidelines the ref won’t be publicly accountable. Its genius really and its one of the reasons Henry got away with the hand of God part 2.

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