Dermot Gallagher reviews controversial decisions in the Premier League after each round of games, on behalf of Sky Sports, and has given his call on a Everton v Newcastle match incident.

With 19 minutes on the clock Mohamed Diame made a challenge deep in his own half.

The ball broke to another Newcastle player (Schar I think), who instantly spread it out wide to Murphy on the left wing.

The winger carried it from halfway, outpaced his man and put in a perfect left foot cross, Salomon Rondon supplying the finish.

However, I have heard seen some moaning from Everton fans and players that the goal should not have stood.

They claim there was a foul in the build-up, by Diame I think.

I couldn’t see much wrong and neither can Dermot Gallagher.

His verdict is that it was a correct decision by referee Lee Mason.

Dermot Gallagher saying that it is all a bit feeble to be moaning about something that happened three quarters of the way up the pitch, with ‘so much still to do’ before Rondon put it into the net.

The former top ref even goes so far as to say that if VAR had been in operation, the Newcastle goal would still have counted. Gallagher stating that they would ‘never go back this far’ in any move, as there was still so much left to do.

Dermot Gallagher speaking to Sky Sports:


“Salomon Rondon opens the scoring for Newcastle but was there a foul in the build-up to the move?”

Dermot Gallagher verdict:

“Correct decision.”

Dermot Gallagher says:

“Just play on.

“There’s so much still to do.

“People might say would VAR rule this out, but VAR would never go back this far, there was too much to do.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Everton 1 Newcastle 1


Newcastle: Rondon 19

Everton: Richarlison 38

Possession was Everton 76% Newcastle 24%

Total shots were  Everton 19 Newcastle 8

Shots on target were Everton 3 Newcastle 5

Corners were  Everton 14 Newcastle 2

Referee: Lee Mason

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Schar, Fernandez, Lascelles, Manquillo, Diame, Ki, Murphy (Perez 64), Atsu, Rondon (Joselu 74)

Unused Subs:

Woodman, Shelvey, Clark, Longstaff, Muto

Crowd: 39,350 (Newcastle 1,700)

(Match ratings from Wednesday night for all NUFC players HERE)

(The instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the 1-1 draw HERE)

(3 positives and 3 negatives from Everton 1 Newcastle 1 HERE)

(Rafa Benitez reacts to the 1-1 draw HERE)

(Marco Silva moans about Rafa tactics HERE)

  • Rich Lawson

    Nothing but sour grapes from them since,we deserved the point,at least, and Rafa’ played Silva for a mug.

    • Alex Barridus

      I’m sorry, in what way did you deserve more than a point? Was it because you managed a shot on target late on when one of your players actually entered the Everton half for the first time? Or because you resounding won the battle of ‘who can kick the s**t out of the opponent more’?

      You battled hard, were very organised and some of the last ditch defending was brilliant, but if you’d come away from that with more than a point it would have been a shambles. I’d hardly say going to a team who are clearly exhausted and rotated their squad and parking the bus from minute one, while hacking down the player every time they move more than 5 yards with the ball, is ‘playing silva for a mug’.

      I am definitely 100% sour, especially after the weekend, but not deluded

      • osmosis


      • Rich Lawson

        Because we stayed in the game for 90mins and with a better finisher could have stole it at the end,we play to our strengths,it’s meant to frustrate you.

        • Tweed Mag

          Good answer.

          • Rich Lawson

            Thank you.

          • Tweed Mag

            You’re welcome. Reasoned argument will always win.

        • Alex Barridus

          To be fair, that is a genuinely good argument, but I don’t think it was a case of Silva not being able to plan around it – there’s not really any tactic you can use to undo 10 men behind the ball at all times. I think only City would have been able to break down the way you set up.

          Either way, I guess I’m probably just still bitter from the Derby and viewed that as an opportunity to bounce back, but the way we struggled was reminiscent of Allardyce’s tenure, which didn’t help! As I said in the original comment, I admired a lot about your defending (and wished Mina would have learned from you on how not to be a reckless idiot and leave space), but I can’t really argue you ever deserved a win. A draw was definitely fair, albeit frustrating

          • Kenny

            TROLL SCUM
            Get back in your bin Vermin

          • Alex Barridus

            hahahah, beautifully well thought out comment there, Kenny. In what way am I a troll? I’m a supporter of an opposition team voicing my opinion, you’re the one who’s swearing, shouting and dismissing other’s opinions? 😂

          • Kenny

            [email protected]@k Off Scum

          • Alex Barkley

            Continuing with the intelligent responses. Still haven’t explained why you think I’m a troll?

          • Realist

            Calm down Kenny, go make yourself a cup of tea and get yourself a werther’s original.

          • Kenny

            Same schitt different name
            Take hike you stupid [email protected]

          • 45709

            You’re opinion is just that.. I can admit when nufc are terrible, you are just to be a pain so…🥔🔚

          • Realist

            😂 you need help Kenny.

          • Paul Patterson

            You get no points for possession, or how many shots, or corners, or throw ins, or cards given, or how many fans are in the stadium, or how many pies are sold at half time, or how many people wear their lucky pants and sit in the same seat on the bus on the way to the ground.

            The only stat that holds vague relevance is shots on target, which we actually came out on top of.

            The score was 1-1. That’s the ‘stat’ that will stand.

          • Alex Barkley

            I know, I never brought in stats, nor did I say you didn’t deserve the point! You worked much harder than us and were much more organised, I just took issue with someone saying that us being annoyed about the foul in the build up to the first goal was being ‘sour’ and that Benitez ‘mugged’ off Silva by parking the bus

          • Toontaff

            Nor do they get points for their silly curly hair, stealing stereos or twocking, but the mackem hubcaps think they’re entitled!

        • Kenny

          He`s a Troll block the piece of schitt

      • Kenny

        that would be 2 shots late on & although you have a far superior squad we have a World Class manager, you do not.
        end of story.

        • Alex Barridus

          The same world class manager who was sacked from Real Madrid and relegated with you in the same year?

          • Kenny

            you`re a TROLL, now [email protected]@k off like a good scumbag you are

          • Billmag

            At least he was at Madrid to get sacked, your manager I believe has been sacked by Watford which is a little different to Madrid.

          • Kenny

            Everybody gets sacked at Madrid
            it`s a Troll

          • Billmag

            Troll’s argument’s never stand the test of time.

          • Alex Barkley

            It doesn’t matter where you’re sacked from! Juande Ramos, one of the premier league’s worst ever managers, was sacked from Madrid. David Moyes was sacked from United.

            I’ve got nothing against Benitez, by the way – he’s one of the few ex-liverpool who are universally quite liked amongst Everton fans, and the job he did with you last year was incredible. I just don’t think he’s quite ‘world class’, nor do I think him parking the bus against Everton is a display of that like the pleasant ‘Kenny’ seems to think

          • Billmag

            You are the one that mentioned Rafa getting sacked from Madrid, which I was responding to.

          • Realist

            Ignore Kenny, he’s not a full shilling. They is a video on you tube of him under the title f##k f#####g Sunderland. He’s allowed on the mag by his carer for good behaviour but he struggles to engage in a sensible debate and usually loses his temper.

          • 45709

            Ignore you instead as you’re a moron

      • Ken

        Alex what do you expect us to do, our whole team cost less than a few of you players. Do you just expect a team of journeymen and free transfers to come andd attack gung-Ho so you can take us apart and win by 4,5 or 6. Ashley has destroyed our club and all we can do until we are rid of him is play to our strengths. If Silva had our team and Rafa had yours I am sure we would be bottom and you would be top 4

      • Dillon Tovak

        You didn’t beat us, chill.
        Concentrate on your next game.

  • Alex Barridus

    It doesn’t matter whether or not there was ‘so much still to do’ or whether Everton should have ‘just played on’, that’s not what he’s being asked — there was two clear fouls in the space of 5 seconds that weren’t give and resulted in the turnover of play which ended in a goal. People constantly complain about players diving, but the second foul proves how refs just wont give a free kick unless the player hits the floor. Good to see he’s just as bad a ref and pundit when he does see the slow-mos as he was when he didn’t.

    • Kenny

      Take a hike vermin

      • Alex Barkley

        Still going Kenny. Good work. Care to explain why yet?

        • 45709

          I’ll explain, nufc get a real bad time in judgments from refs, obviously I’m probably biased. But I have friends that support arsenal, Chelsea, manure (sadly) Tottenham amd Liverpool, they will admit judgments go there teams way when facing nufc, but it doesn’t matter they’d beat us regardless they say. So….

      • tom

        Vile troll

  • Andy Mac

    “Alex Barkley – (I’m) Usually so wound up by Everton that I start an argument I don’t want”

    So just do one !