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:

Paul Lyon:

“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!”

Paul Patterson:

“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.

“Nervous again.

“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.

“Tantalisingly close.”

Jamie Smith:

“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.”

Toon Bano:

“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.



Nat Seaton:

“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…”

George Stainsby:

“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.”

Jamie Swan

“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

Newcastle United:

Darlow, Anita, Lascelles, Mbemba, Dummett, Ritchie, Shelvey, Diame, Atsu (Ameobi 89), Gayle (Murphy 90+1), Perez

Unused Subs:

Elliot, Gamez, Haidara, Gouffran, Hanley

Crowd: 48,814

(Referees Union issue apology after the game, read it HERE)

  • tony brotherton

    I smell a cover up here .The Refs union “statement” makes no mention of the fact that Stroud spent a good 5 mins discussing HIS decision with the 4th official who was trying to tell him he was wrong. but the Ref has the last say. All in all a complete shambles from Stroud. He simply reflects the abysmal standard of referring in this league. too arrogant to admit he had got it wrong . i am not sure he would have got out of St James park intact if Richie hadn’t scored a peach. Jesus we need some competence v Leeds

  • Leazesl Ender

    Well that is something for the FL to look at ….. apparently no penalty was awarded in the first place….. no hang on I remember the ball going into the net…. I distinctly remember the ball hitting the back of the net…. yes there must have been a penalty just before a totally separate instance which interrupted the decision to award a goal for the aforementioned penalty.

    They can’t retrospectively award a goal but they can retrospectively sack the three officials involved….

    • Scottpaige

      Can’t believe between 4 of them talking about it for over 5 mins and still got it wrong !!!!! Unreal

  • Steve Smith

    There’s definitely an argument for referees being intimidated by officiating the games of a big team.

    I don’t believe there’s a conspiracy against us on their part, but I do believe a lot of them feel the pressure from the extra scrutiny they will come under in our games as well as feeling like they’re auditioning for the better refereeing jobs.

  • 1957

    It’s a shame a piece of incompetence has overshadowed Ritchie’s brilliant goal. While other players have struggled, he has been dragging us towards promotion almost single handedly in recent weeks.

  • Sid James

    What a Carry On lads

  • fenhammag

    SMS from the referee -small man syndrome-what an absolute joke from the Ref, discussions took place between the 4th official and ref for at least 4mins add the other stoppages in the half this equates to a minimum of at least 6mins yet 4th official appears with 3mins, one clash of heads in the second half and he adds on 5mins! the referees ‘union’ who are there to defend the officials admit to wrongdoing so now the FA need to step in and not just drop him for next week like they did the other numpty ref but suspend him and send him on a refresher course at his own expense to learn the rules of the game.