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