Dermot Gallagher reviews controversial decisions in the Premier League after each weekend of games, on behalf of Sky Sports, and has given his call on the Dwight Gayle incident that arguably decided Saturday’s match.

Newcastle were well on top in the opening half hour, creating chances and looking good bets to beat Bournemouth.

Only a World-class save by Begovic had kept out one Ritchie effort.

Then 16 minutes into the game, Ritchie tried again. The post saving the keeper this time but the rebound going straight to Dwight Gayle who tapped it into the empty net.

The players celebrated, only for a slightly delayed linesman’s flag to go up.

You hope it isn’t crucial at the time but so it proved, a goal at that point would surely have seen Newcastle go on to get all three points.

So should the goal have stood?

Dermot Gallagher says he has no doubts and that Gayle was level, so no offside.

However, on top of that he is critical of the linesman, saying he has managed to get the decision wrong as his ‘starting position isn’t right’. The net result being that he should have been able to see the Bournemouth defender behind Dwight Gayle but couldn’t due to having that poor ‘starting position’.


Dwight Gayle looked level with the last defender as he rolled the ball into the net in the first half after Matt Ritchie’s curling effort from 25 yards came back off the post, but the linesman ruled it out for offside.

Dermot Gallagher verdict: Wrong decision.

Dermot Gallagher says:

“The linesman’s starting position isn’t right.

“He can only see Dwight Gayle and not the player behind him.

“Gayle is onside.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 0 Bournemouth 1


Bournemouth: Cook 90+2

Possession was Bournemouth 52% Newcastle 48%

Total shots were  Bournemouth 16 Newcastle 16

Shots on target were Bournemouth 6 Newcastle 4

Corners were  Bournemouth 9 Newcastle 11

Referee: Paul Tierney

Newcastle United:

Elliot, Yedlin, Lascelles (Clark 55), Lejeune, Manquillo, Ritchie, Shelvey, Hayden, Atsu (Murphy 82), Joselu (Perez 68)

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Gamez, Mitrovic, Diame

Crowd: 52,237 (Bournemouth 1,600)

(Sam Allardyce verdict on Newcastle 0 Bournemouth 1 HERE)

(Read what Rafa had to say after the match HERE)

(Read the instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the game HERE)

(A worthwhile experiment Rafa Benitez will not be repeating..? Read HERE)

(Update on Jamaal Lascelles injury – Read HERE)

  • ghostrider

    We can all agree Dwight Gayles goal should have stood but this is a case of swings and roundabouts where this type of stuff is concerned.
    We maybe COULD have went on to win the game comfortably. Or Bournemouth COULD have upped their game had we scored.
    We COULD have played much much better in the second half and COULD have brought on Mitrovic who COULD have maybe won us the game.

    Bournemouth COULD and SHOULD have scored their two clear cut chances that were harder to miss, it seemed, yet missed they were.

    The simple solution to the arguments on officials and to make them act more diligently or honestly, it to bring in the technology that is right there, into the game.
    It takes 30 seconds or less to replay and see a decision and to act upon it.

    Incidents like this are usually few and far between in any one game and therefore would likely add little more than a few minutes to an entire game.
    They’re stalling on it because it takes away the bias that the bigger clubs generally get in their favour, is my guess.

    Other than that, there’s absolutely no reason not to use it.
    As it stands right now we have to win a game by scoring more than the opposition and leaving no doubt about it.
    We didn’t do it and we lost.

  • Steve Pearce

    In cases like this there should be a referee’s panel who with the backing of the FA can have the power to overturn incorrect decisions and if necessary award a retrospective goal. But there isn’t and as ghostrider says coulda, woulda, shoulda never wins games….

    • Dillon Tovak

      That would be pretty terrible, people would go out after the game celebrating a win and then learn on Monday they drew or lost.
      That would be farcical.

  • S.G.M.

    Get over it.

    • Adam Wallace

      I cant believe you made an account just to be a kuntt!

  • TheFatController

    Watching American football, referees assistants throw flags on a play if there is a foul, and then the play continues and a quick retrospective is made.

    The assistants (6 of them) are invariably right, if not the flag is overturned and the play stands.

    Takes seconds, uses video, has six assistants seeing every angle, far fewer angry crowds and coaches.

    Most importantly, far more correct results. There’s maybe only one contentious decision across all 16 games each week to discuss – so maybe SKY, BT and BBC are the reason we don’t have it !

    The NFL would laugh at the Gayle ‘offside’ and Man City ‘level’ decisions at the weekend and wonder why we don’t use more assistants to cover both sides of the pitch and refer to video (whilst not stopping play til it has ended)

    • Kneebotherm8

      Couldn’t agree more,we all want the correct decisions made,whether that be for us or against us.
      It’s a pity Dermot wasn’t in the stands as a video ref because Gayle was onside all day and it would’ve taken seconds for him to confirm that to the referees ear piece,just as they’re quickly informed of goal line decisions.
      We’ve seen in the past the howlers made by officials involving”did the ball cross the goal line” controversies,the most blatant I remember being Lampards disallowed one against Germany when the ball was a clear two feet over the goal line before bouncing back into play.
      The days of those types of ridiculous decisions are long gone(in the premier league at least).
      Absolutely shocking offside decisions are still being made though by guys,who in all fairness,only get one look at these incidents from one angle and invariably get the decision wrong.
      Imagine that decision being made in a match on the final day of the season with a defeat sending a team down?

  • Gallowgate1982

    Humans make mistakes but what annoys me is the fact referees and assistants are only supposed to give a decision if they are 100% sure. If they are not sure they are supposed to give the benefit of the doubt to the attacking player. Given his starting position was poor and he could not make a correct judgment based on that why was the benefit of the doubt not given to Gayle????? Only the linesman knows and maybe he also knows why nobody ever gets sent off against us and why we also never get penalties no matter how obvious.

  • Philippines

    Arsene Wenger said, correctly, ‘give all mangers two calls per game for a video ref review’. The argument by the old crones is ‘will slow up the game’. How much does an injury slow the game? It is time the manager and clubs started hitting on the FA and FIFA big time.

  • Oooh bobbi fleckman

    The rule is wrong, it’s almost impossible to be level to the nth degree. nevertheless, Gayle was onside.

  • anyobrien

    In a hundred million pound league human error can be very very costly… Clubs status, finance and jobs are all at risk…. Surely it’s time for TV replays on tight controversial decisions.

  • Down Under Mag

    They change the rules all the time so you always end up wondering if they are right, wrong, don’t know themselves… Bottome line is, the ball was in the net, would have taken 20 seconds to review it, no reason to not have video technology in this day and age.