Referee Anthony Taylor (from Manchester) failed to give Newcastle United what looked a clear early penalty when Emmanuel Riviere went down after contact from Chris Smalling.
John Carver claims that it would have then been a much different game, with a potential first goal for Newcastle totally changing the outlook of the match.
“An absolutely stonewall penalty but we don’t seem to get them, especially at St. James’ Park. We don’t get them at St. James’ Park.
“The referee only has one look at it and at the time my gut feeling was that it was a penalty, but he hasn’t given it – he’s a human being.
“I have seen it five or six times now and it is a penalty. We all know how important the first goal is in this league, it is a different game then.”
The Newcastle Head coach hints at darker forces at work with United not getting their fair share of penalties, especially at St. James’ Park.
So is Carver right, do the stats back him up?
Penalties awarded to Premier League teams so far this season, figure in brackets is the number awarded at home games:
7 (5) Manchester City
7 (3) Arsenal
4 (2) Spurs
4 (2) West Brom
4 (1) Crystal Palace
4 (2) Everton
4 (2) QPR
4 (3) Liverpool
3 (1) Stoke
2 (2) Manchester United
2 (1) Burnley
2 (1) Sunderland
2 (2) Leicester
2 (2) Chelsea
1 (1) Aston Villa
1 (1) West Ham
1 (1) Hull
1 (0) Southampton
1 (0) Swansea
1 (0) Newcastle
With only 1 penalty awarded in total, Newcastle don’t appear to have been too lucky with referees, with United one of only three clubs not to be awarded a penalty in a home game this season.
Papiss Cisse scored our only Premier League penalty so far this season at Old Trafford in the 3-1 defeat.
Looking back at the past four seasons, Newcastle have fared little better, the number of penalties at home in brackets again.
3 (2) 2013/14
4 (3) 2012/13
3 (1) 2011/12
4 (4) 2010/11
Only 16 penalties over the course of those four seasons, though a majority (10) were at home.
In comparison both Liverpool and Chelsea have been awarded 31 penalties over those four years and Manchester United not far behind with 27.
However, getting near the truth of the matter we have Sunderland with 17 to Newcastle’s 16.
The truth to me is that the style of play under Alan Pardew and now John Carver means that Newcastle get into the box far less than the better teams, so it is logical you are going to get fewer instances where you might win a penalty.
Incidents such as Riviere against the Mancs are annoying but even with my black and white blinkers on, I don’t think Newcastle are getting a raw deal compared to other teams. At the other end of the pitch, only two penalties have been given against Newcastle, so considering the amount of possession United concede in most matches (68% to Manchester United on Wednesday according to BBC Sport website), it’s probably surprising that more haven’t gone against us.