David Wagner felt that crucial decisions cost his team the match.

The Huddersfield boss believing that the first two goals shouldn’t have counted.

Wagner claiming that it was a handball by Jonjo Shelvey in the lead-up to the penalty, with his goalkeeper fouled supposedly for the second.

It was one of the softer penalties but as it was only Newcastle’s third of the season, nobody could claim it wasn’t overdue.

It was more of a penalty than the one Brighton were awarded on Tuesday night but just as in that game, there was plenty of time to recover for the team that conceded.

Not sure that David Wagner has any case for the second goal as the keeper got a hand to the ball but it is a bit of an exaggeration to say he had control of it.

The Huddersfield Head coach described it as a ‘few details’ going against his team.

Despite his frustrations with the goals, David Wagner also declared that Newcastle are ‘the best team in the division’.

Looking at the Championship table this Sunday morning I’m inclined to agree…

David Wagner:

“It was very difficult game today, everybody has seen that Newcastle are a very very good team  – the best team in the division in terms of organisation and how to manage a result.

“Unfortunately today, before the first two goals there are a few details that went against us.

“First penalty – I’m not sure whether it was a penalty – maybe a handball before.

“The second goal I think was a foul on (goalkeeper) Wardy because he controlled the ball.

“So this is harsh to take but the way the players managed the second half when two goals down against the best team in the division, I’m very happy and proud.

“Now it is very easy – accept it, leave it behind you.

“I think in the second half we did better because if the opposition is so deep and so compact, you have to use more of the diagonal ball and then create something from the wings.

“We created great moments but at the end it wasn’t enough.

“We lost this football match, don’t think too long about it – it makes no sense, we performed and this was very good in different circumstances – two down so early against Newcastle.

“The atmosphere was great, the energy in the stadium was great, so go forward and look forward.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Huddersfield 1 Newcastle 3

Newcastle: Ritchie 10 (Pen), Murphy 32, Gayle 90+1

Huddersfield: Mooy 72 (Pen)

Possession was Huddersfield  76% Newcastle 24%

Total shots were Huddersfield 16 Newcastle 6

Shots on target were Huddersfield 6 Newcastle 5

Corners were Huddersfield 9 Newcastle 3

Referee: Roger East

Newcastle United:

Darlow, Anita, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie, Colback (Gouffran 72), Shelvey, Atsu (Yedlin 82), Diame, Murphy (Gayle 66)

Unused Subs

Elliot, Hanley, Gamez, Perez

Crowd: 23,213 (Newcastle 1,900)

(Go HERE to view the interactive Newcastle player ratings and to add your own)

(To read the instant NUFC fan/writer reaction go HERE)

(To read what Daryl Murphy said after the final whistle go HERE)



  • Leicester Mag

    Welcome to the championship where everyone would be top if it wasn’t for hard luck, bad decisions, wrong phase of the moon… can hardly think of a game where we had the rub of the green with Forrest away being one of the most inept refereeing display since Trelfold hung up his whistle. The standard of referees is shocking, biased? No simply bad. Huddersfield huffed and puffed until their player simply stepped in front of Shelvey to buy a penalty. Without this decision the win would have been comfortable. You lost because you didn’t have enough, end of.

  • TheNutJob

    beaten fair & square, live with it

  • DubaiExpat

    I don’t think either penalty should have been given so we’re even there.

    The decision for Murphy’s goal could have gone either way. It went our way and that’s all the records will show. Move on.

    • Mrkgw

      I don’t think the decision for Murphys goal could have gone either way. The keeper had one hand on the ball and so, the player was entitled to go for it. How many times have we seen it happen over the years.

      • DubaiExpat

        Agreed but the ref’s view was of the keepers back and he could quite easily have given a free kick – again as we’e seen over the years.

        • Peter Robson

          And if wishes were ponies we´d all be gannin to the Blaydon Races !!!

  • Kev-82

    Embarrassing to claim it was a foul for the 2nd, yes our first was fortunate but then so was their penalty.

  • Mrkgw

    Sore loser.

  • ToonTom

    Embarrassing comments from Wagner regarding the 2nd goal. Their ‘keeper had one hand on it, but did so whilst Murphy’s trailing foot was also in contact with the ball. Murphy’s foot simply pulled the ball away from the ‘keeper’s hand and the game quite rightly continued because the ‘keeper was nowhere near being in control of the ball.
    Why do they bother griping? Do they imagine that an FA commission will overturn the result if they do? (There wouldn’t have been Forest 2, N’cle 1 still in the record books if that was likely.)

    • Peter Robson

      As a former referee myself, I think the ref got it spot on with the Murphy goal, a ref doesn´t have the benefit of camera angles and replays and often has to make snap decisions based on angles and body position and in this case he made the right decision which was later confirmed by replay etc !!!

      In Rafa We Trust !!!

  • Wor Monga

    He’s away with the fairies if he thinks that they actually created great moments…I didn’t see any of that because like Brighton they were restricted to nothing more dangerous than a handful of shots from well outside the area, and there’s not many keepers (if any at this level) who react better than Darlow does on long shots…

    …Our central defenders were absolutely outstanding they allowed nothing through the middle…Huddersfield had some good passing and pace down their wings, but couldn’t do anything with it the defence was just too tight…the only time, I remember, them forcing their way into the edge of the box, which led to their penalty, was going nowhere, and JonJo didn’t really need to tackle him, but even though he took the ball first if the man goes down… it’s a foul…the ref had probably been hoping to get a chance too even things up after the one he awarded us…

    …Personally I can’t see us giving away many goals in open play now, because good solid defending is the cornerstone of building a successful team, and that’s what we’re seeing now!!!

    • Leazesl Ender

      Idiot

      • Wor Monga

        How’s that, then?…are you one of the fairies he’s away with?!!!

      • It’s bobbi fleckman

        Leazes, you really are quite vile at times. If you disagree, explain the point you disagree with and present your own opinion but this name – calling that you and your other profiles resort to are quite tedious.

    • GToon

      It’s just like when we play the likes of man city or arsenal at home. There’s moments of pressure and huffing and puffing but very little in terms of real chances.

  • Wor Monga

    Yesterday Wagner was talking about the pressure on Rafa, but I reckon after that defeat he’s the one that is getting stressed right now…or he should be!…failure to get an automatic promotion from the championship will probably see them end up in the play-offs…which is always a bit of a lottery…

    …no promotion will see them certainly lose their 5 first team loan players, and possibly van La Parra who isn’t on any permanent deal until the end of this season depending on where they finish…They’ve also spent out big on Wells and Schindler (who might also have to go on the list…the transfer one that is, not Schindler’s), and puny gates of 23,000 won’t pay for those luxury items!!!

  • Geordiegiants

    The standard of refereeing is a complete disgrace in the championship. There is always more than one or two big decisions go against both teams. It’s a case of, you win some you lose some, for everyone in this division.

    • Carlo Ancelotti

      as long as it went our way, who cares

  • Wor Lass

    I didn`t think Wagner said anything in his post-match interview that Rafa or any other manager wouldn`t have said in the same situation. It WAS a handball by Jonjo so the first pen shouldn`t have been given but we were due a bit of smooth to go with the rough we`ve had to put up with from Championship referees this season. I thought their pen was, as Rafa put it, a bit “light” but definitely a pen. Absolutely no way did their keeper have control of the ball – and Murph didn`t even tackle him, his foot was caught up as part of the same movement – for the second goal. Wagner was disappointed but perfectly respectful, in my opinion. What a game, though!

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      20/1 i got for 3-1 ha ha ha

      • Wor Lass

        You had to get one right one day!!

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          ha ha ha

  • GToon

    Credit to their fans and team. They gave it a right good go against us but like we have seen many a time at SJP when we have faced a better more well organised team the shouting and huffing and puffing counts for very little. I have a feeling they will pip Brighton though.

  • Carlo Ancelotti

    All i have to say is it was a great result & that Mo Diames the next best thing to having a Mummy in your team