Chris Kamara claims Newcastle shouldn’t have won against Stoke
Chris Kamara has been speaking about Newcastle’s victory over Stoke City.
The Sky Sports pundit was full of praise for Newcastle’s opening goal, saying it was great play by the home side rather than poor defending from Stoke, that led to the first goal.
Chris Kamara describes Matt Ritchie’s ball into the box as ‘absolutely fantastic’ and that it was very hard to defend against when Atsu had a ‘last gasp leg to reach out and get it’.
For the winning goal, unlike the vast majority, Kamara doesn’t blame the zonal marking which Mark Hughes favours.
However, he claims that the Lascelles’ headed effort should not have been allowed.
Chris Kamara somehow reckons that the Newcastle captain was holding Kevin Wimmer down, which allowed him to win the ball.
The former Stoke player claiming that it was simply ‘hard for the officials to spot.
It is funny how the Stoke players didn’t complain at the time and that nobody else has picked up on this.
Probably because it didn’t happen as Kamara describes…
Just because there is contact doesn’t make it a foul.
Jamaal Lascelles does put his hand out as he prepares to jump, which all players do when challenging in the air – his hand is on Wimmer’s shoulder but it doesn’t prevent the Stoke player jumping and it isn’t a case of ‘holds him down’ as Kamara sees it.
After all of the other decisions that went against Newcastle on the day, it would have been the proverbial cherry on the cake if the referee had seen the winning goal as Chris Kamara did and the game had instead ended up a draw.
Chris Kamara talking on Sky Sports:
“It is one of those situations (first Newcastle goal) where you have to credit the delivery from Matt Ritchie.
“Stoke are playing with wing-backs and Mame Diouf is on the right.
“Diouf is marking Atsu and does he do a lot wrong? I’m not sure that he does.
“If you watch the delivery of the ball, it’s absolutely fantastic.
“It’s a last gasp leg to reach out and get it – it could have been either player but Atsu reached out and made it his own.
“We look at zonal marking the whole time…I think you should mark the people who can score the goals.
“But Lascelles scores it but from the position he’s in, it isn’t the situation that he has a running jump on this particular occasion.
“We can see something in the replay that Stoke won’t be happy about – Kevin Wimmer won’t be happy about.
“Jamaal Lascelles just uses his left arm on Wimmer’s shoulder to pin him down – holds him down, then he jumps up to knock it into the back of the net.
“Wimmer can’t get off the ground but it’s hard for the officials to spot.”
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