Philippe Montanier had really made my night.

It was satisfying to see Newcastle win and go back to the top of the Championship without playing that well but…

To hear the Forest boss whingeing about poor decisions by officials changing the course of the match – is just priceless!!!!

Rather than having a go at his own player for the indiscipline that brought the sending off when the scores were tied at 1-1, Philippe Montanier chooses to blame outside forces.

To have the nerve after what happened at the City Ground four weeks ago, to whinge about not having the chance to have 11 v 11, is just so sweet.

Philippe Montanier:

“I prefer not to comment on what has happened (Matt Mills red card), it’s incredible and it changes the game.

“We had a good first half, a good reaction after the unlucky goal, we draw level and have opportunities to score and 11 against 11 we can hope for a better result.

“To concede so quickly the second goal after going down to 10 men, it was too tough.”

Here are the stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 3 Nottingham Forest 1

Goals – 

Newcastle United: Ritchie 4 Gayle 63, 80

Nottingham Forest: Dumitru 29 (Mills red card 60)

Possession was Forest 40% Newcastle 60%

Total shots were Forest 8 Newcastle 16

Shots on target were Forest 3 Newcastle 8

Corners were Forest 1 Newcastle 9

Newcastle starting 11:

Darlow, Yedlin, Clark, Lascelles, Dummett, Hayden, Colback (Diame 67), Ritchie (Lazaar 83), Atsu, Perez, Gayle (Mitrovic 88)

Unused Subs:

Sels, Mbemba, Gouffran, Anita

Referee: Keith Stroud

Crowd: 52,228

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