Sam Allardyce has been talking about Newcastle’s defeat to Bournemouth.
The former United boss analysing the game for Match of The Day.
Maybe surprisingly, his sympathies lay with Rafa Benitez and the Newcastle team.
Bournemouth may have went on to be the better team in the first half but Newcastle were easily the most dominant before the break, a series of chances going begging due to a combination of good goalkeeping, rubbish match officials, and poor finishing.
Sam Allardyce felt the game revolved around a 16th minute incident.
After concerted Newcastle pressure, Matt Ritchie hit a blistering left foot effort that Begovic brilliantly fingertipped around the post.
Gayle then went close, before Christian Atsu brought another fine save from the visiting keeper.
However, Begovic could do nothing in the 16th minute when Ritchie’s brilliant curling effort from outside the box left the keeper helpless, only for it to come back off the post.
For once Newcastle carried the luck as the ball went straight to Dwight Gayle who was doing his job and following it up, slotting the ball into an empty net.
Newcastle fans were outraged at the time and TV replays clearly showed Gayle was onside when Ritchie took his shot.
Sam Allardyce thinks that if the goal had stood then there would almost certainly have been no way back for Newcastle.
Whilst the United players have to obviously take the lion’s share of the blame for the eventual defeat, it was also one of those games when it felt like Newcastle didn’t get a single 50-50 decision.
That really summed up when Defoe looked possibly offside when receiving the ball and then taking a shot that won a corner, the corner that Bournemouth scored the winner from.
Small margins once again deciding a game this season, just as Newcastle have already found in matches against Huddersfield, Palace, Brighton, Stoke, and Burnley. Sometimes it falling Newcastle’s way, sometimes not.
Certainly with the momentum Newcastle carried at the time of the disallowed goal, you have to feel it would have gone on to be a two or three goal home victory.
Once again you wonder about the use of a video referee which must surely come in at the top level in the future, Newcastle’s disallowed goal almost certainly a wrong decision that changed the outcome.
Sam Allardyce talking on Match of The Day:
“It could have been a whole different story for Bournemouth.
“Because I’m not so sure had Bournemouth gone 1-0 behind here (they would have got anything)…
“I’m not sure that’s offside.
“Even if it was slightly offside, he is not interfering with play, he (Dwight Gayle) is not interfering with play, he is following the shot in and he puts it in the back of the net.
“It is really unlucky (for Newcastle).”
“Well he is interfering with play if he puts it into the back of the net…”
“Well he is, after that…”
“But he (Gayle) was level (and so not offside.”
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
Elliot, Yedlin, Lascelles (Clark 55), Lejeune, Manquillo, Ritchie, Shelvey, Hayden, Atsu (Murphy 82), Joselu (Perez 68)
Darlow, Gamez, Mitrovic, Diame
Crowd: 52,237 (Bournemouth 1,600)
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