Newcastle 1 Burton 0 – Wednesday 5 April 2017 7.45pm
We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle:
“Thought the lads did really well to snatch three points from the claws of the referee this evening.
“In terms of officiating I’ve never seen anything like it!
“But nothing like a bit of controversy to get the St. James’ crowd going, my throat is killing!
“The lads kept going against a stubborn Burton side, and credit to them it could’ve been very easy to caught up in the storm the ref had caused.
“Our quality shone through with a great goal from Ritchie.
“It’s us against the world! Another 3 points towards promotion out of this league!”
“The stats will suggest a pummeling, but another very nervy scoreline.
“But hey-ho, another one chalked off the board and a couple of wins away from promotion.”
“3 points – will take it.
“I’m not bothered, people can moan but I don’t care.
“Top of the league, we are nearly there.”
Leazes Park Ender:
“What an astonishing moment of controversy at the Gallowgate end tonight. Step forward Bournemouth referee Keith Stroud.
“His decision to award a free kick instead of a penalty retake for encroachment is confirmed as being wrong. He’s only human, but what a shocker. Could have been so very costly.
“Rafa and his staff rightly outraged. Would the players’ heads go? Well, it certainly made for a tougher night.
“Some say we should be making mincemeat of these sides, but at this squeaky bum stage of the season it’s not straightforward.
“At least the manager went for a more attacking line up tonight and gave Mbemba a chance.
“The talisman though is Matt Ritchie. What lovely goal to clinch the win. It is 84 points now.
“Right, I’ve had enough.
“For all it’s been fun, this season has been tarnished by incompetent officials and teams parking the bus to kill games against us.
“Tonight was the zenith of this as the refereeing sunk to a new low and Burton parked the tank.
“The confusion abounding shows that clearly the ref didn’t know a very simple rule of football around the penalty, which is astonishing.
“Fortunately, our magic man stepped up to break the ten man defence. Where would we be without him this second half of the season?
“Positive mood though; for me the 2 wins this week, narrow though they were, are definitive.
“We’re going up and it’s just a case of keeping heads and fighting off Brighton for the cup.”
“Very relieved to get the win.
“Something has to be done with the Championship refs toward us.
“We should take a case to the FA.
“Thankfully another 3 points in the bag.
“There were some tired legs out there but we are hopefully crawling over the line to the Premier League.
“Great goal(s!) by the Magic Man…”
“Closer… And closer…
“The pressure from Brighton doesn’t seem to make us buckle as much as we might have thought.
“A win against Sheffield Wednesday might be the psychological pat on the head we really need to go on a run and put this to bed.”
“Another conehead referee beamed down from the planet doylum tried and failed to scupper the lads again.
“Had we somehow not won tonight we should have demanded a replay.
“Regardless of that, a professional referee should never make this kind of error and he should not be deemed fit to referee another match again.
“He had NO clue whatsoever, not a Scooby.
“It’s happened too many times this year. Conspiracy? Nope, just really poor standards.
“Can’t wait to get away from this rubbish.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 1 Burton 0
Newcastle: Ritchie 68
Possession was Burton 30% Newcastle 70%
Total shots were Burton 6 Newcastle 22
Shots on target were Burton 2 Newcastle 4
Corners were Burton 3 Newcastle 4
Referee: Keith Stroud
Darlow, Anita, Lascelles, Mbemba, Dummett, Ritchie, Shelvey, Diame, Atsu (Ameobi 89), Gayle (Murphy 90+1), Perez
Elliot, Gamez, Haidara, Gouffran, Hanley
(Referees Union issue apology after the game, read it HERE)