Swansea boss Carlos Carvalhal says that with video referee assistance, Newcastle would have been beaten today.
The visiting manager reckoned a certain penalty and red card would have been issued when allegedly, the ball hit Diame’s arm in the first half.
Watching from the stands, I couldn’t recall any big claims for a penalty from Swansea but Carlos Carvalhal said one of his assistants saw a video replay and it was a clear penalty and sending off.
Whatever the truth of that, this was a tough game to watch, as Newcastle wasted a few good chances in the first half, before then struggling to create anything after the break.
Swansea remain bottom of the league but Carlos Carvalhal is confident that help will soon be on its way.
Whilst Rafa Benitez appears to have zero confidence of backing from Mike Ashley, after the game the Swansea boss said he was confident of making two or three good signings in the next few days – ‘My players deserve that we bring in some class players to achieve another level.’
With all the other teams at the bottom also looking to strengthen, this could yet prove a precious point for Rafa Benitez.
“I did not have a clear view, but with the technology we have, my assistant was able to take a look and he said it was a clear penalty and a red card for Diame but the referee didn’t see it so it’s part of the game.
“Usually teams in our position have these type of decisions not go in our favour, I don’t know why.
“But I think we can say that with VAR it would have been a penalty and a red card.
“In 10 seconds the video referee could communicate, say to stop the game and issue a red card and give a penalty.
“I’m very happy, two away games and we get four points – it’s not excellent but it is good and against Tottenham we had no points but we played well and deserve more.
“This game we prepared really well to play with the ball.
“I think we had 57% possession but we also tried to move the ball into the spaces to create damage to the defensive organisation of Newcastle.
“We corrected at the break and in the second half we controlled the game.
“I am very happy with the players’ commitment, they were very good in these games and we are doing the things we are training on.
“When we arrived no-one outside Swansea believed we can stay in the Premier League but I believe when we achieve a draw here playing good football against a good team and especially the second half against Tottenham. People will look and see that these guys are reacting.
“It’s our challenge, we are achieving points in a difficult situation, but we are reacting.
“I believe we will achieve new players soon, hopefully in the next few days and hopefully two or three good players. I am pleased with my players but we have some gaps.
“My players deserve that we bring in some class players to achieve another level.”
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)