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