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.

Carlos Carvalhal:

“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

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)

  • anyobrien

    Aye but there was no var…. Against Bournemouth gayle goal was wrongly ruled off side and guess what it was not, no var.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    It was a stonewall penalty but it`s swings & roundabouts

    • anyobrien

      Can’t remember the last time we had a pen

      • TheNutJob

        Leazes knows

        • Peaky Magpie

          Leazes took it

      • Damon Horner

        Was it not the Burton one they decided to take away from us?

  • Leicester Mag

    42% possession against the bottom side while playing at home. Difficult not to be disconcerted by this.

    • anyobrien

      It’s always been like this under rafa even last season… Plays not to lose hence why we are better set up to play away from home.

  • Big Al 1967

    Even if VAR was in use it can only be used to correct an obvious error, and it will ALWAYS be the decision on the onfield ref NOT the man in the stand. As Handball is really an opinion of the referee I doubt very much Graham Scott would change his original opinion as he had a clear view of it the first time. Move on Carlos

  • Angelswithdirtyfaces

    I can see no way of us making another 17 points with results like this. If we escape relegation it will be by goal difference. I don’t blame Rafa for the side performing below par yet again at home. The players don’t seem to be upping their game for the home crowd.

    • anyobrien

      Only four points off Everton in ninth three off Watford in tenth…. All to play for.

      • Angelswithdirtyfaces

        I would love to believe results will improve – but we have the squad and form of a relegation side. If Rafa can conjure up a run (with added luck) of 3-4 wins, then just maybe…..

  • 1957

    It was a penalty for me, even sat in level 7…a real let off

    • hetonmag

      Sorry but I had my season ticket in level 7 where the away fan’s are sat I had a job making out who was who, I had to move it was spoiling my view of the game so for you to say it was a pen from your vantage point is nigh on impossible could you even tell it was Diame.

      • 1957

        Shouldn’t judge people by your own failings just because what they say doesn’t fit with your Diame love in or general take on the world. I find my new seat in the central block of the level 7 balcony gives me a great view, it wasn’t impossible to tell it was a penalty and who it was. If your eyesight is so bad you can’t make out individual players you need a new eye test, I’ve sat in the level 7 corner and had no problem.

  • GToon

    Don’t like this bloke. Hope the scousers hammer them next game. We must have had at least 5 hand balls not go our way since Rafa arrived so who cares. About time we had a bit of luck

  • thewildchimp

    Was a pen, but not the card. A panic reflex reaction.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    If Diame had have been sent off we might have won the worst player I have seen since I started going in 1969 shame on Rafa for starting him instead of Merino but perhaps he wants us to get relegated madness.

    • hetonmag

      Ridiculous he wasn’t the worst player on the pitch or do you just watch what one player is doing.

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        Any fan who thinks he is better than Merino or Shelvey and gets more game time against Swansea should be sectioned in a mental hospital in the next bed to Rafa who picked him. Fifty million pounds spent in the summer window and not one of them started.
        Yet we have a player who can not trap a ball cannot pass more than one yard looks like a drunken boxer getting a game beyond belief and if I was Ashley would give him not a penny more.

        • hetonmag

          Might be getting a bit long in the tooth but I can assure you I have all my faculties, I said he wasn’t the worst player on the pitch. And just remind me has Diame scored more goals than the two you mentioned this season so it’s maybe you who needs sectioning.

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            Against Everton he got a standing ovation when he was taken off from the Milburn stand as was the worst performance seen from a player ever. This site gave him a nil and that was to many marks. With him in the team will go down play Merino who he bought for ten million or Haydn at least they can trap a ball and pass and do not look like a drunk.

          • hetonmag

            And I was there when one of our own Stevie Watson was booed off by a certain section of the home crowd which I found absolutely disgusting, you are probably someone like that.

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            I have never booed a player in my life but punched a few fans who do many in fact I stayed to clap the team after Wolves when Bobby Robson got booed when we finished fifth.

  • Paul Patterson

    Here’s a straw, grab a hold of it . .

  • ghostrider

    It doesn’t matter about this player escaping this red card or a penalty missed or not given.
    The game is about what happens as is, not as what could have been or what would have been, IF.

    The reality is we drew a game at home against bottom of the table Swansea.
    The reality is, Rafa decided to hold back halfway through the second half as if he was away to some top team and holding on for a point was the overall ultimate achievement.

    He got his wish, only just…but….the man’s apparently a genius.

    Just imagine if we do stay up.
    “Hail Rafa. Hail the genius that is Rafa Benitez.”
    “Rafa did it with a championship squad.”
    “Only Rafa could have done it with what he had.”

    If we get relegated, it will be.
    ” No wonder, Rafa had no money and we all knew we were a championship squad.”

    The thing is, up to top 10 they all must be championship squads because none of them are better than what we are.

    I’ll repeat this.
    None of the teams up to 10th place are any better than our set up, which means they all must be championship quads……..right?

    It seems that excuse after excuse is being made for Rafa.
    It’s almost as if there’s a massive fear of losing him because many fans are (or seems like) reliant on the using of his name to somehow make a stand against any criticism of the club.
    It’s almost like, ” yeah we have a championship squad but at least we have Rafa Benitez who is a master tactician who leaves no stone unturned and gets his players to give him 100% graft and commands their respect because they know they’re working under a super world class manager.”

    And time and time again he dishes out head scratching tactics and plays players that nobody in the entire world, except his closest right hand man can get close to best guessing.

    I’ll say this again.
    The players that rafa has at his disposal are plenty good enough to more than hold their own in this league.
    Easily as good as most teams outside of the top 8 and better than quite a few in the lower end of the league.

    When you set out your team to have a first half go at those lesser teams but then give up the ghost after that by allowing them to have a real go at you…..at home…..and not even think of putting them to the sword, then it stinks of scared tactics.
    It reeks of fear.
    It pongs of being afraid of fan wrath.
    And that’s from the players, because the manager doesn’t really hold those fears because he’s simply too arrogant to even bother worrying about what people think of his ways, as long as his ways are adhered to regardless.

    Get rid of this clown before the players get sick of defending him.
    I’m sick to death of players licking his dish with stories of how good he is and how they’ve improved, etc.

    Absolute nonsense.
    The players under him are being destroyed of talent they possess in favour of more graft.
    Ritchie is a shadow of what we know he can be.
    Most of the players are….and hose that seem to show progress…..they#re effing dropped. They’re bleeding well dropped.


    Rafa tactics?

    Don’t hand this man a penny because he’ll just waste it and I think Ashley knows this.
    I think Ashley kno0ws he’s made a big mistake with 5 million a year Rafa.

    If Rafa walks now we have a chance, because the players we have can be transformed….I sheet you not.

    • 1957

      I agree with different tactics and approach to the game the squad we have could do better than we are at present. Benitez is actually undermining the players with his comments, continually negative about what he has available, although he bought most of them, its never his fault.

      He got it wrong last year buying quantity over quality.

      • ghostrider

        What also gets my blood boiling is his refusal to play decent players at his disposal.
        Gamez and Mitro and why leave Colback to rot?
        I know Colback isn’t anything super special but he was certainly worth a squad place.
        The shipping out Lazaar without giving him any chance….etc….etc.

        Saivet and Murphy, plus Aarons.
        Players that get a certain number of minutes and actually look like they improve things……DROPPED for the next game and in many cases OMITTED.

        It’s beyond mental and is not the work of any genius, unless the genius is in the wanton destruction of the talent available.

        We want housebuilders. …..Ok, can you carry 50 bricks on your hod?…..Great stuff, you’re hired.

        The house is way out of plumb and the bricks are ill fitting.

        Can you carry 50 bricks on your hod?
        Great stuff….just keep carrying.

        That’s Rafa’s tactics.

    • thewildchimp

      Honestly, I think Benitez is a good tactician but not for this kind of club.
      Yes, he organised a great defence but that’s about it this season. His last comment on how he needs 25m. to produce goals – shocking! My only thoughts at that time were: “poor Joselu”. He finally scores, coming in as a sub and from a very difficult position, only for his manager to dump a huge pile of sh’te all over him. It’s all true but man, get hold of yourself…

      It’s not about attacking or defending football, it’s about football that produces no results and even less fun. If it didn’t work in the first half of the season – hardly gonna work in the second one. And he isn’t going to get any money, so might as well just make do and stop belittling his players publicly.

      Now, could we get anyone good and crazy enough (from overseas, preferably) to manage the club? Probably best to end this season and then look for someone. Can’t see Rafa staying under these circumstances anyway…

      • ghostrider

        In the cold light of day, Rafa Benitez can work with this squad to very good effect, I feel.
        Not high up but definitely comfortable enough to have no need to worry about relegation.

        If I was forced to hazard a guess I would say that it almost looks like it’s some kind of deliberate set up.

        We are entitled to better football than we get and that’s not just down to Ashley’s money greed.
        We deserve more from rafa….we really do.

        He’s got to stop messing about with the players and stop relying on the fans devotion to him to carry him forward from every head scratching week, almost.

        All we get off some fans is, ” ahhhh but you didn’t mention when we won 2 games.”
        Awwwww come on for crying out loud.

        Just look at the way we play. We are shocking.
        We win a few games because the teams we played are also ultra shocking, mainly because some of them can’t be bothered, it seems.

        If anything’s good about Rafa and the team, it’s in his ability (somehow) to make them graft and look like they want it in many cases for most players.

        However, lately I’ve seen a decline in that if anyone’s noticed.