Newcastle fans can moan and whinge all they want but at the end of the day, that’s football for you.
Okay so I don’t think the refereeing was particularly good today and it was a tale of two penalties, one given, one not and that will no doubt be what the Newcastle fans will be complaining about on their way back to the North East.
But, just like City, they had 90 minutes to score as many goals as they could and win the game, but could only manage one while City got two. You seriously cannot blame the referee for that. It sounds harsh but that’s the reality. If you fail to take your chances, or turn possession into goals, you are going to get beat.
The game has been full of controversy since its creation and referees have always been, and always will be part of that controversy. Of course, being a City fan and on the receiving end of a referee’s generosity, it’s easy for me to say these things. But there will always be someone who will see the ref’s actions today as biased towards the bigger clubs who have money.
But having money can go one of two ways; referee’s can favour them, or go against them. That’s assuming there is bias amongst referees in today’s modern game. For example, the de Jong challenge could easily have resulted in his sending off if another ref had been in charge and Newcastle would have got their penalty near the end and took a point, if not three.
This is Premier League football and sometimes you get decisions from the ref and sometimes you don’t. Look at our trip to Old Trafford last season. The ref found extra minutes for United to grab a winner and they did so, but we equally had the extra, extra time to score and didn’t. We moaned about it but couldn’t do anything about it.
We’ve had more than out fair share of referee’s decisions over the years and maybe we are coming full circle and getting the benefits that in the past have been denied. I’m sure that, over the course of the season, these things will be balanced out and we ourselves will be the victim of poor decisions.
It might cost us the game, but at the end of the day, that’s part and parcel of football. But if you need to score more than two goals to win a game and don’t do it, you’ve only got yourselves to blame.
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