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A corner from the Strawberry Corner was headed back towards goal by Abdul-Nasir
Adarabioyo and bouncing harmlessly wide of the near post, until Matt
Ritchie inexplicably failed to move out of the way. The ball hit him in the
face and ended up in the .
Half time: Magpies 0 Cottagers 1
Jonjo Shelvey began a counter-attack
in his own half by feeding Miguel Almiron, who drove forward before finding
Full time: Magpies 1 Cottagers 1
Steve Bruce said:
"I think the referee has made the right call. When I see the video back
it looks like he clipped his heel.
Scott Parker commented
"The initial foul takes place outside the box. Callum Wilson then steps in the box and falls over. At real speed I understand why the ref may have given it. I get that, and two years ago, without VAR, itís one of those things you have to take on the chin that the referee has made a mistake.
"Whatís puzzling and concerning, is we have VAR now, he walks over to a screen, I donít know if heís seeing a different angle to what Iíve just seen in the changing room, but the initial contact takes place outside the box, he then falls over. Thatís whatís concerning.
"The game has changed, I think we all recognise that, the gameís become a bit of a shouting match in terms of any slight contact, any shot in the box thatís hit someoneís hand, everythingís up for appeal in this day and age.
"Whatís concerning me is that we brought VAR in to make correct decisions, and yet again I sit here Ė like a manager or two every week Ė and am not quite sure how weíve come to the decision, and thatís whatís puzzling.
"Weíve got every gimmick, weíve got every slo-mo, we have all this five minutes wait, and yet weíre still Ė for me - not coming up with the right decision.
"I donít know if thereís a lack of communication from Stockley Park to the referee on the pitch, or whether thereís an ego involved where heís thinking heís given the decision and doesnít want to really turn it around.
"The gameís changing drastically, weíre evolving things in football and I donít mind that, if weíre getting to the right decisions. But sitting here, with everything in place and the way the gameís going, and still not coming to the right decisions, itís criminal for me.
"And thatís whatís frustrating and thatís whatís disappointing.Ē
"Probably a fair reflection would have been a couple of goals going in. We missed a couple of big, big chances in the first half.
"And then thereís no denying that in the second half the penalty
changes the game, and the sending off. Down to 10 men we had to show another
side to us and really roll our sleeves up and show our resilience, which we
did, so overall I thought we showed two sides to us tonight.
"Iím disappointed with the penalty and how it came about, but overall
Iíve got real praise for my team.Ē
Seventy-two hours after their heaviest defeat of the season, Newcastle came from
behind to claim a point on Saturday night - but looked anything but
convincing in doing so.