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NUFC – TV Still The Judge & Jury

12 years ago

A great day yesterday against Aston Villa as we hopefully saw a new superstar number nine in the making.

However, two unenforced substitutions won’t have helped Alan Pardew as he continues to juggle what is a comparatively small squad.

Both Best and Ryan Taylor certainly didn’t pull out of the challenges and credit to them but while the injury to Leon Best was just one of those things, I can’t believe how the media and especially TV haven’t raised concerns over Warnock’s ‘tackle’ on Ryan Taylor.

Initial attention predictably focussed on the fact that Demba Ba scored, thanks to Taylor’s brave tackle, but surely there had to be at least a second look at Warnock on Taylor?

I’m told that Sky didn’t judge it worthy of any consideration and certainly MOTD 2 didn’t even mention it last night on BBC.

Watching it on TV last night the facts are; Taylor gets to the ball while Warnock lunges and makes no contact with the ball. It should have been a certain penalty if Ba hadn’t put in the loose ball but I wouldn’t have bet on it being given.

In the light of Cabaye’s suspension I just can’t understand how the incident hasn’t been looked at retrospectively as the referee didn’t give a yellow/red card and deal with it at the time.

The tackle was reckless at the very least and the player was carried off obviously in some pain, although Alan Pardew was hopeful last night nothing was broken following an x-ray.

The point isn’t whether Warnock should or shouldn’t definitely get a retrospective ban but rather the fact that because TV pundits decide it isn’t worthy of mention then it isn’t even up for discussion.




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