Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has come to the defense of Rafa Benitez after yesterday’s poor performance from referee Mike Dean.
Rafa was angry (furious) after the game at referee Dean’s poor performance and the Spaniard had difficulty in containing himself.
Dean made some really odd decisions, and he had failed to give Newcastle a penalty after only 10 minutes when Yedlin was fouled in the box by Charlie Daniels.
We went 1-0 ahead through Rondon direct from a free-kick just before the break and then out of nowhere Dean points to the spot four minutes into the second half.
The foul was one you see on almost every corner kick in the Premier league as players are jockeying for position as the ball comes over.
But this time Dean pointed to the spot when Federico Fernandez touched a Bournemouth player while trying to reach the ball – which was headed clear by Florian Lejeune.
Paul Merson – Defends Rafa Benitez – praises Newcastle fans
Paul Merson said Rafa Benitez’s anger at Mike Dean was fully justified after a controversial 2-2 draw at Bournemouth.
Merson was talking on Sky Sports Gillette Soccer Saturday, and said the following:
“He was very much right to be annoyed. The penalty was a homer. If you give them, you’d give 10 a game the way defenders defend these days.”
“And the other one was when DeAndre Yedlin went down the right and he went to cross the ball and (Charlie) Daniels gets there late and if it’s anywhere else on the pitch it’s a free-kick.”
“He played the ball and he was caught. It should have been a penalty and that’s what Rafa Benitez is talking about.”
“It (the game) ebbed and flowed. Newcastle started off really well and then Bournemouth had their stage in the game.”
“Newcastle were a big threat in the first half, they had the wind on their backs. Bournemouth started the second half well and it was a home penalty.”
“Paul Dummett then made an absolutely brilliant clearance off the line and goalline technology is great, isn’t it?”
“I thought he’d given the goal but it was actually for a foul further back”
“Then right at the death, Ritchie half volleys it with unbelievable technique. 2-2 was probably a fair result.”
“It sends the Newcastle fans home – they’d come a long way and it looked like they’d sold all of their tickets out once again – happy.”
“They went ballistic.”
Paul Merson seems to have taken a real shine to Newcastle fans, and he often praises the fact we sell out our away allocation for every game and that the fans will travel anywhere at any time to support the team.
That’s Newcastle fans for you – easily the best in the business.
Now Ashley needs to allow Rafa to build Newcastle into one of the best teams in the business.
Howay The Lads!!