Steve McClaren says that the red card handed down to Fabricio Coloccini was ‘ridiculous’ and that Newcastle will be putting an appeal in ‘without a shadow of a doubt’.
The Newcastle boss says that two wrong decisions cost Newcastle the game, with Wijnaldum having a penalty denied at one end and then play switched immediately to the other end and Coloccini’s subsequent red card.
McClaren though his team were excellent in the first half and even down to 10 men they kept going right to the final whistle.
The Head Coach says that he couldn’t fault his players and it was a simple case of the game hinging on big decisions.
Can’t disagree with much of what Steve McClaren says but it must be a concern to have so much dominance and yet struggle to really test the keeper, only Mitrovic’s chance at 1-0 brought out a big save.
Steve McClaren talking to the club’s official tv channel:
“Two wrong decisions cost us the game, so yes, disappointed. I feel sorry for the fans who had to endure that, though even with 10 men we looked a very good team.
“First half was excellent, I say there so relaxed and we looked a good team.
“Games do hinge on big decisions and two have gone against us, we have lost because of that.”
‘An appeal on Coloccini’s red card?’
“Absolutely, without a shadow of a doubt – ridiculous. I don’t know whether it is one game or three but it is absolutely ridiculous that this happens.
“We kept going right to the end, we put more strikers on, more attackers on, got Moussa (Sissoko) and Gini (Wijnaldum) centre of midfield and we still created chances – I cannot fault the players.”