Nothing quite beats Richard Keys getting all pompous about any particular issue, particularly when it comes to Newcastle United.

Watching yesterday’s match, as the game went into the final stages, Richard Keys declared ‘Hammers unlucky’.

The comments came as with the score at 2-0 and only a few minutes left, Newcastle totally dominant, Aleksandar Mitrovic came into contact with Lanzini.

The West Ham player was left on the ground clutching his face, with claims the Serbian had elbowed him.

The referee appeared to see the incident but decide there was nothing in it, not even giving a free-kick.

Richard Keys presumably meant the ‘Hammers unlucky’ as solely a reference to not having a man advantage for the last few minutes due to no red card being show, as opposed to any bad luck with the overall result – although nothing would surprise you with the former Sky Sports presenter.

Keys referred to Mitrovic doing ‘an Arnautovic’, a reference to the West Ham player’s sending off last Saturday for an elbow on Jack Stephens – the winger red carded and getting a subsequent three match ban.

TV replays showed Mitrovic alter course and make contact with Lanzini, not the brightest thing to do, whether it gets reviewed remains to be seen – a lot depending on how the referee reports the incident and whether he still feels he had a good enough view at the time to judge.

Richard Keys meanwhile is desperate for attention, declaring ‘I fail to see how it’s my fault that Mitrovic can’t behave on a football pitch’.

I think the authorities will come to a decision without having to rely on Richard Keys’ expert testimony.

West Ham weren’t ‘unlucky’, even Slaven Bilic admitted Newcastle were better in every single area and whilst Mitro did add a late third goal, nobody would claim the result would have been anything but a Newcastle win.

It could actually be Newcastle who are unlucky because sometimes in incidents like these, if the referee at the time doesn’t punish the alleged offence with a yellow or red, a retrospective decision can see a greater punishment handed down than would otherwise have been given in the moment.

Richard Keys via Twitter:

“Hammers unlucky. Mitrovic just did an ‘Arnautovic’ to Lanzini.

“Red all day long. Officials missed it.

“Mitrovic for 3. He shouldn’t even be on the pitch.

“I fail to see how it’s my fault that Mitrovic can’t behave on a football pitch.

“What he did today was disgraceful. He has to get done.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 3 West Ham 0

Goals:

Newcastle: Joselu 36, Clark 72, Mitrovic 86

Possession was West Ham 63% Newcastle 37%

Total shots were  West Ham 8 Newcastle 16

Shots on target were West Ham  3 Newcastle 8

Corners were  West Ham 5 Newcastle 7

Referee: Neil Swarbrick

Newcastle United:

Elliot, Manquillo, Lascelles, Clark, Mbemba, Ritchie (Murphy 88), Hayden (Diame 82), Merino, Atsu, Perez, Joselu (Mitrovic 72)

Unused Subs:

Woodman, Aarons, Gamez, Saivet

Crowd: 52,093

(To read what Rafa Benitez said after the win over West Ham go HERE)

(Read the instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the win over West Ham HERE)

(To read what Slaven Bilic had to say after the match go HERE)

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  • Steve Smith

    Mitrovic is a liability like Shelvey. He just never learns.

    That said, Hernandez should have been off with a second yellow before that incident.

    • tonytoon

      But baby face Hernandez is a media favourite, that’s the difference – oh, and he doesn’t play for Newcastle, but a ‘Landan’ team.

    • Leazes Ender

      Bit ungrateful as they just got us back up.

      • Steve Smith

        It’s hardly ungrateful. We sunk plenty of money into the pair of them and they probably miss quarter of the season each through suspensions. We could have spent the money on equally as good players who dont miss so many games through their inability to control themselves. It’s selfish and thoughtless on their parts really.

        “Screw the fans, I’ll have 3 weeks holiday thank you very much”

  • DubaiExpat

    He’s right that Mitro should have walked. 90% of why Rafa doesn’t start him is he is a liability who has proven time and time again he’s a red card time bomb.

    We were cruising at 2-0 with the game closing out and he leaves his elbow in in an utterly ridiculous move. If it was the other way around we’d all be shouting for the same reasons.

    That said it would have had no bearing on the result and at the end of the day who cares what Keys thinks.

  • disqus_GFJ5SSXQ7o

    Who cares what he thinks, take the chip of your shoulder. Wonder what Merson and Prutton make of it, fascinating.

    • Peaky Magpie

      You’re right,who gives a monkeys what this odious little creep thinks.I see his beloved “high flying” Coventry City lost at Yeovil 😂

  • foggy

    west hams sakho elbowed one of Newcastle’s players and got a yellow card, why hasn’t keyes demanded a red card for sakho?
    The hammers should have been down to ten men as Hernandez should have been sent off.

  • TheFatController

    Richard has anger issues methinks

    • Rich Lawson

      Groping more like !

  • Da Ca

    Why didn’t he say that Newcastle were unlucky as west ham should have been Down to ten men then?
    Both teams should have been a player short but mitro will be the only one investigated and banned because the referee will come out and say he didn’t see it under pressure from the fa because it was discussed on match of the day

  • Anita kick up the Hoop

    The red bottled sending Hernandez off for two almost identical fouls .. if he pretends he didn’t see the Mitrovic incident he’s a liar .. he clearly saw it and in his opinion (right or wrong) there was no need to Even blow his whistle

    • East Durham Mag

      Even with no intent Mitrovic is a lucky lad. A lot of other refs wouldn’t have hesitated to show him a straight red card.

  • Joey Shiva Ramasamy

    Yes, Mitrovic was aggressive but he did not raise his arm. Lanzini was shorter and for obvious reason, it will look like Mitrovic arm on Lanzini face.

    • Leazes Ender

      …….Here rests the council for the defence.

      • Rich Lawson

        Hold my hands up (literally) ” it’s a fair cop guvenor”

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        Leading council for the Fat lad

  • Haitchdee

    Sooner give a big Well done to the Team. Thats all involved at NUFC.

  • Steve Pearce

    Richard is talking out of a deeply smelly and sweaty place which most normal rational people use to relieve themselves of waste – like this article for instance…

  • East Durham Mag

    It’s odd Slaven Bilic didn’t share your sentiment Richard? Are you just feeling left out and want some attention?

  • Andynufc

    Unlucky? West Ham were very lucky not to be down to 9 men. Noble and Hernandez should have received second yellow cards. The ref was awful for us yesterday.

  • Wor Lass

    I can`t be bothered to dig out the stats (I`ll leave that sort of thing to Clarko) but I wouldn`t be surprised if Mitro was our most fouled player. He doesn`t whinge and moan, he just gets on with it. He does do the odd, randomly stupid thing but, if you take out the cards during his first 4 or 5 games for us, his record isn`t bad at all.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      He`s not a full shilling & another 3 match ban looming for 1 of the usual suspects

      • Wor Lass

        It sounded to me like the ref saw it and decided there was nothing in it but I bet he doesn`t say so in his report. Talk about shooting yourself in the foot, though!

  • Leicester Mag

    This man really is the end of bell

  • Chris

    Didn’t realise Newcastle fans disliked him as much as WHU. We got to regroup because my team remind a bit of Newcastle a few years ago when you had better players but we’re underachieving. Apologies for all the loosing to a pub team comments…….this is really depressing for us. It’s interesting to hear all the deluded cockney views. On paper I do think we have the 8th best squad behind Everton. Love Billic as a man but…… seriously concerned.

  • Oooh bobbi fleckman

    Mag in misleading headline shocker

  • Jezza

    “What he did today was disgraceful.”

    Not half as disgraceful as pestering young women in a threatening manner.

  • David

    Old hairy hands probably didn’t like it because Mitro decided not to smash it.

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    Richard Keys continuing the narrative started years ago with his mate “The Jock With Nee C**k” Andy Gray to bash everything Newcastle United !

  • Toonrobbybobson

    Like he got done hahaha