According to Frank Lampard, Newcastle carried their luck on Saturday.

During the match it didn’t really register but the former Chelsea midfielder picked up on one pivotal moment.

Ten minutes before half-time the ball was headed towards the Newcastle goal, only for Mohamed Diame to save the day with Karl Darlow beaten.

However, as TV replays showed, the Newcastle midfielder moved his arm and his elbow diverted the ball away.

Frank Lampard saying that if the referee had seen it then it would have been a definite red card and penalty, with Swansea surely going on to win the match.

Newcastle have certainly had their woes, with a quite ridiculous record of Premier League games/seasons with minimal penalties awarded.

VAR (Video Assistant Referee) is now being trialled, including in this season’s FA Cup, and Lampard thinks the incident in the Newcastle game is just further proof it has to come into the Premier League as soon as possible.

Maybe if it does, Newcastle might at last get their fair share of positive decisions.

Frank Lampard talking on Match of The Day:

“Another advert for VAR, could have been and should have been better (for Swansea), this is a penalty.

“When you are Swansea and where they are, they need all the help they can get.

“This is very clear, the ball gets diverted quite late but it is not accidental, he (Mohamed Diame) moves his elbow towards the ball, going in.

“At that point with 55 minutes to go, Swansea have a penalty, Newcastle have 10 men, the game changes on that one incident.

“VAR hurry up.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 1 Swansea 1

Goals:

Newcastle: Joselu 68

Swansea: Ayew 60

Possession was Swansea 58% Newcastle 42%

Total shots were  Swansea 8 Newcastle 12

Shots on target were Swansea 5 Newcastle 4

Corners were  Swansea 5 Newcastle 4

Referee: Graham Scott

Newcastle United:

Darlow, Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie, Diame, Shelvey (Merino 82), Atsu, Gayle (Joselu 64), Perez

Unused Subs:

Elliot, Haidara, Manquillo, Hayden, Murphy

Crowd: 51,444 (Swansea 1,100)

(Alan Shearer spells it out after watching Newcastle 1 Swansea 1 – Read it HERE)

(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Swansea draw HERE)

(Swansea boss says Newcastle lucky to avoid red card, penalty and defeat – Read it HERE)

(Read what Rafa Benitez had to say after the game HERE)

(The Newcastle v Swansea player ratings by fans HERE)



  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    C`est la vie

  • Paul Patterson

    You can’t ‘get lucky’ on something that isn’t in place. VAR wasn’t in operation so both teams had an even chance of the officials missing something, which happens numerous times a match.
    If VAR was in place and the pen given, then I would have said that Swansea would have ‘got lucky’.

    • Leazes

      Its going to be hell for Manchester United with all of the marginal calls that they get in favour…. but then again its just giving the likes of TV pundits who freeze the frame at a particularly moment to make it look incriminating, more power to discriminate… or indeed biased Lancashire referees.

      … I wonder who they will appoint to make the overruling decisions…. Its an admission that refs blunder constantly but they do so with bias….

      I fear United still wont get a penalty.

      • Rich Lawson

        I’m not clear on this,who has the final word on if VAR is consulted ? If it’s the Ref’ and he is happy with his decision we’re still fkd !

    • Danimal

      I don’t think it was a pen.

  • ghostrider

    If’s and but’s again.
    The simple fact is, IF VAR was implemented and Diame was sent off and Swansea did get their penalty, there’s no guarantee they would have scored it for one.
    Secondly, there’s no way to know whether they would have won the game against 10 men, because, generally 10 men can up their game massively.

    If’s and But’s.

    • Danimal

      Let’s play with ten every week. Good plan. Actually sounds like the kind of thing your hero Ashley would suggest. Here are some ifs and buts. If Ashley was a decent human being…but he isn’t, he is a vile scumbag.

      • ghostrider

        Who’s saying play with 10?
        How about reading.

  • Kneebotherm8

    If VAR had been in operation since the beginning of the season then Gayle’s offside goal against Bournemouth would have stood and we’d probably have gone on to win that game…………………swings and roundabouts………….having said that VAR needs to come on ASAP to help the ref make the correct decision,those two decisions would’ve been easily and quickly made with VAR.

    • Danimal

      Yes, the tv didn’t seem quite as keen to go on about that one.

  • thewildchimp

    The only thing we need is that our strikers start converting some of the clear cut chances they get. Not all of the chances, just some. There’d be no “if’s” and “but’s” then, no headlines like these.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      they haven`t got the quality

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Bournemouth 2, Arsenal 1
    another nail in the coffin

    • anyobrien

      It’s stoke we need to watch Monday night… Long way to gan

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        you can forget that, they no chance

        • anyobrien

          Hope ya reet

        • Peaky Magpie

          Hope so Moose,it’s keeping the inbreeds doon here quiet and off my back.

      • Danimal

        Fully expecting Manure to let us down.

        • anyobrien

          Back stoke great price 11 to 1

    • Lhc

      Can’t see wenger being there much longer aswell

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        he`ll be replaced in the summer

        • Lhc

          It’s a much better fit for Rafa

        • anyobrien

          By rafa?

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            the Fat Lad has Rafa snookered, it`ll cost him 5 mill to walk away

          • Lhc

            Doubt that will bother Rafa, when arsenal will pay him possibly 10 million plus a year give him a transfer budget and a chance to compete.

          • anyobrien

            5 million compo nowt to a big club

        • kingfisher

          Seen a report today (Sunday) from an Arsenal fan.Poor lad was most unhappy saying Wenger would have been sacked at any other club due to the run of recent bad results.Yes what a shame, he has my heartfelt condolences, after all they are only 6th in the League, utter disaster. Come up here and I’ll show you some proper gadgies. Soft Southern To$$ers.👙

          • Rich Lawson

            In a good position for the league cup semi home leg and a very good chance of winning the Europa and qualifying for the champions league that way,it’s a miserable life being an Arsenal supporter,spoilt cockney t###s !

    • GToon

      And Liverpool are hammering citeh. That sets our next fixture up nicely!

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        It`s setting us up for a hammering after Pep has a word with his players

        • Jezza

          They’ll probably spend another few hundred million before next week too.

    • Danimal

      I don’t think Arsenal are doing that badly.

  • gallowgate26

    Good, a failed penalty appeal to go with all the penalties we don’t get.

  • Soldier

    we need a penalty every single game if we want to get anywhere near 3 pts.
    yesterday highlighted the lack of decent players we have in every department, even the centre backs were well off their game

    • Leazes

      It’ll be a brave referee that gives United a penalty…. he’ll be singled out pointed at and mocked unmercifully at the annual referees awards ceremony.

      • Peaky Magpie

        😂😂😂

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        😁😁😁

      • kingfisher

        😗😗😗👍

  • GToon

    Luckily VAR wasn’t at SJP when ingurlands Harry Kane snapped Lejeune. That would have been awful if spurs had gone down to ten men and those terrible northern types had got three points.
    In fact I wonder if the VAR will be allowed in our games just in case a decision has to be made our way.

    • gallowgate26

      Joking aside, it’s going to be interesting to see what will happen to the likes of Manchester United and all the favourable refereeing decisons that they get. Some of the ‘also-rans’ like us will start to get penalties and other decisions against them now. The referees (looking after their own careers and maintaining the status quo for years) will now have a video ref telling them to give decisions against the top 6 clubs, whereas before it was all too easy for them to just dismiss appeals. It has to be good for the PL, which has become a bit of a farce over the last ten years. Those elite clubs will still be at the top, but maybe not by as much of a gap and the league will become competetive.

      • disqus_OrBOHShPb2

        Hopefully gallowgate is right the top clubs won’t get the benefit of the doubt.

      • Danimal

        It will make no difference at all. The vast majority of decisions are subjective so the big clubs will continue to get the benefit, whether the biased official is at the match or sitting in a studio somewhere. The only hard and fast cases are goal line and offside.

    • Danimal

      Well, we haven’t had a decision of any type in our favour for a very long time so I’m not sure.

  • Danimal

    Frank Lampard is a pratt. It is perfectly clear Diame’s arm moved well after the contact. Presumably reflex. Apart from the really blatant ones like the Preston guy’s diving goal line save (our last penalty???) most hand ball penalties are harsh. VAR does not solve such things, as 100 people could watch these incidents and still not agree. The only place it works is scientific stuff like goal lines and offsides.

    • Kneebotherm8

      Goal line technology is working perfectly,as you say,and offside would work 100% too.
      For things such as hand balls and and stuff like that then VAR is still handy(no pun intended)for the ref/assistant to have a second look at controversial incidents.
      At the moment,the Ref only gets one look at any incident and it’s from the position he happens to be in,they need all the help they can get to make a balanced decision.
      We might still not agree with their final decision,but it’s fair to say it’ll stop any total howlers being made,such as the Watford equaliser this weekend when the player bundled it into the net with his hand.
      Plain as day with replayed footage but the Ref and his assistants missed it.

  • Down Under Mag

    I’ve seen them given, i’ve seen them waved on. The way most commentators have gone on about it you would think he reinacted Stevie Taylors goal line save. It was borderline and we got the decision our way for a change. It kind of makes up for all the penalty shouts we are never awarded.

    What was more worrying to me was how easily Gayles head dropped after his misses. He needs to keep going, he’s getting the chances and one will go in…unless as happened second half the team and him in particular seemed to lose interest thinking all their chances were used up so stopped trying to create new ones (until the Hoss came on and we were a goal behind that is).