TV – Setting The Newcastle United Agenda
Whoever decided what footage from Newcastle v Mackems to use on ‘Match Of The Day 2’ on Sunday, had clearly gone for the angle of bad tempered derby and all a bit old school getting stuck in, even in the dugout!
That is all well and good because nine bookings and two sending offs were a big factor in the match but that doesn’t mean you ignore other things that were integral to the story of this football match.
Newcastle had numerous penalty appeals waved away and as in most matches many of these were correct decisions but right in front of us in the Leazes End, just before half-time Demba Ba clearly had his legs taken away in the box for the most blatant of penalties only for Mike Dean to shake his head even more vigorously than the previous half dozen decisions he’d denied us.
A (converted!) penalty just before half-time could and almost certainly would have affected the final score but MOTD 2 didn’t even shw it.
Where they really made themselves look ridiculous though was with the case of Hatem Ben Arfa.
Ben Arfa was introduced at half-time and arguably had his best 45 minutes in black & white as he repeatedly took on his two markers and beat them nine times out of ten, with Richardson eventually taken off because he’d taken enough punishment.
With just over ten minutes left, Hatem cuts between his two shadows and jinks into the box before letting fly with a near post shot which Mignolet does well to turn away. Commentator Guy Mowbray is almost wetting his pants as he raves about the contribution Ben Arfa has made since coming on, only problem is that this is the first bit of footage they’ve shown of our French enigma.
Many would claim bias against Newcastle but in this case it is just plainly unprofessional, as well as probably biased!
I just wish Alan Shearer had never got himself dragged in to this TV farce, from day one if he ever seemed to be going even an inch too far in praising Newcastle performances he’d be taken to task by not so much Lineker but certainly the other ‘experts’.
While every week you have to put up with Lawrenson and Hansen putting up a blind loyalty defence of Dalglish and Liverpool, no matter what we’ve all seen from that weekend’s match.
Maybe what sums it up is how they are so desperate to still show Liverpool in the snapshot of the league table at the top, currently Liverpool are five points behind us in seventh and ten points behind fourth!
What have they possibly got to do with what is happening at the business end of the table?
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