Frank Lampard had a very definite view on two potentially game changing moments at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.
Newcastle ran out very deserved winners, in fact it should have been more than a one goal winning margin, as the Magpies conceded late but held on for a 2-1 victory.
However, two incidents in the first half could have heavily influenced the outcome, if the referee had ruled differently.
First of all, with Newcastle leading 1-0, Dwight Gayle held Leicester’s Harry Maguire back.
An obvious foul by Gayle and potential booking but Maguire turned and pushed the striker in the face.
No harm done but commenting on Match of The Day, Frank Lampard had to get a red card if the referee had followed the rules.
Personally, I agree with Danny Murphy, who said that the incident shouldn’t really deserve a red card and ban, as no real harm done.
However, the problem is that you have had incidents such as when Newcastle played Spurs on the opening day. Yes Shelvey was stupid to stand on Dele Alli’s fingers but once again there was real harm done and yet nobody was saying the Newcastle midfielder was unlucky.
The other controversy Frank Lampard covered was the ‘penalty’ incident.
Paul Dummett sliding in on Riyad Mahrez in the box, with no contact made on the ball, though hard to tell. Whilst others have claimed the winger was already on his way down.
Lampard thought it was a penalty but difficult for the referee to be sure, his assistant not indicating a penalty either. Having now seen the replays, at the time I thought it was penalty and now I am sure it should have been. However, it is about time Newcastle had a little bit of luck, so no need for any apologies from anybody in black and white!
Gary Lineker on Match of The Day:
‘Harry Maguire – lucky?’
“A little bit in terms of letter of the law but I wouldn’t like to see players sent off for that.
“It is a gesture really – to push off, to get off.”
‘It was face high…?’
“I am glad he didn’t get sent off because it is not enough to get a ban and a sending off.
“But yes, some referees would ave sent him off for sure. Thankfully it didn’t affect the result.
“I have enjoyed watching Leicester this year but they weren’t really at it today.
“I think it was a red.
“I think the rule on raising the hand to face – it is a red card.
“I think he (Harry Maguire) is very lucky.”
‘Should Leicester have had a penalty (when Dummett challenged Mahrez)?’
“One thing with Riyad Mahrez is you can’t go to ground because he will move it away from you.
“That is Dummett’s problem he loses control, you can’t stop yourself.
“It is not a big touch but he (Dummett) catches his knee, not easy for the referee from distance but it was a penalty.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Leicester 1 Newcastle 2
Newcastle: Shelvey 18, Perez 75
Leicester: Vardy 83
Possession was Leicester 66% Newcastle 34%
Total shots were Leicester 8 Newcastle 8
Shots on target were Leicester 1 Newcastle 4
Corners were Leicester 7 Newcastle 5
Referee: Stuart Attwell
Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett, Ritchie, Shelvey, Diame (Hayden 81), Shelvey, Kenedy (Atsu 64), Gayle (Joselu 70)
Darlow, Manquillo, Clark, Merino
Crowd: 32,066 (3,200 Newcastle)
(Read the Match Report HERE)
(Read Alan Shearer’s reaction to the result HERE)
(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the 2-1 victory HERE)
(Leicester boss Claude Puel reacts to the defeat HERE)
(Rafa Benitez verdict after picking up yet another three points – Read HERE)
(3 positives and 3 negatives from Leicester 1 Newcastle 2 – Read HERE)
(Match ratings of all Newcastle players after the match HERE)