Dermot Gallagher reviews controversial decisions in the Premier League after each round of games, on behalf of Sky Sports, and has given his calls on two Newcastle v Wolves match incidents.

They were arguably the two incidents that ended up deciding the outcome of the match, paving the way for a Wolves victory.

This might give you a clue to his thinking when Dermot Gallagher declares ‘Mike Dean had a top-drawer performance…’ after reviewing Sunday’s match.

On the DeAndre Yedlin red card, the former top ref says the decision was ‘100 per cent’ correct and even if VAR had been available, it would have backed up Mike Deans’ decision, according to Dermot Gallagher.

As for the elbow in the face of Ayoze Perez, Gallagher says no penalty or red card, claiming that Boly doesn’t throw his elbow, instead it being a total accident in his opinion.

Dermot Gallagher speaking to Sky Sports:


“Newcastle were reduced to 10 men in the 57th minute when DeAndre Yedlin slipped as he tried to play the ball to Jamaal Lascelles.

“It allowed Jota to get past the defender, who deliberately pulled him back just outside the penalty area.

“The referee showed him a straight red card.”

Dermot Gallagher verdict:

“Correct decision.”

Dermot Gallagher says:

“Mike Dean had a top-drawer performance, I would say, and got all the big decisions correct.

“It is 100 per cent a red card and VAR would have endorsed his decision.

“The law says he has to be able to get a shot away, he’s got the ball under control, he takes one step forward and if you do that, you can shoot.

“You don’t have to wait for the defender to challenge you.”


“Wilfred Boly caught Ayoze Perez in the face with an elbow, seeing the Newcastle forward go to ground clutching his face in the area.

“Neither a red card nor penalty was given by the referee.”

Dermot Gallagher verdict:

“Correct decision.”

Dermot Says:

“I think Mike Dean believes Boly is using his arm for leverage rather than a weapon.

“If you look at it, he raises his arms, which all players do to get off the ground.

“I thought the ball had hit him in the face anyhow – which it does eventually – but I don’t think he throws his elbow, it’s always there.

“Because of the challenge for the ball, there’s no doubt he connects with him, but I think it is just a thing that happens.

“It is physical contact but I don’t think it is something where he has gone to hit him.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 1 Wolves 2


Newcastle: Perez 23 (Yedlin red card 57)

Wolves: Jota 17, Doherty 90+4

Possession was Wolves 49% Newcastle 51%

Total shots were  Wolves 13 Newcastle 12

Shots on target were Wolves 6 Newcastle 4

Corners were  Wolves 6 Newcastle 4

Referee: Mike Dean

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Fernandez (Manquillo 46), Clark, Ritchie, Diame, Ki, Atsu (Kenedy 89), Rondon (Joselu 86), Perez

Unused Subs:

Woodman, Longstaff, Muto, Dummett

Crowd: 50,223 (Wolves 3,000)

(Read the instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the defeat HERE)

(Read the NUFC player match ratings HERE)

(Nuno Espirito Santo verdict HERE)

(Wolves pundit admits on Sky Sports that Newcastle were cheated – Read HERE)

  • Chris-Chapple

    As expected.

  • Rich Lawson

    Was right in front of it, but hard to see what happened,guy behind me screamed abuse at Perez until he was hoarse claiming he had just had a ball to the face and to get up. That said,is the ref not meant to stop the game for a head injury rather than re-starting the game at the top of the field without taking a look ? i do think Perez made a meal of it after the event and as usual after holding them off with 10 men for half an hour we conceded in the last minute !!

  • Mrkgw

    He was never going to rule otherwise – old boys sticking together. The fact that Dean wore the brightest shirt on the pitch and in front of the Sky cameras said enough in my opinion.

    • Rich Lawson

      He was dreadful and must have a personal sticker album at home for the Wolves team which needs to be filled with only yellow stickers. Haven’t seen such a dirty team prosper for ages.

      • Wor Lass

        Not since us at Everton – according to the Everton fans, anyway!

    • Billmag

      Absolutely correct, it’s all about him (Dean).

  • Rolf de Bruin

    What I don’t understand is that nobody points out that Yedlin was the one being pulled on the shirt first! That is how Jota managed to get in front of Yedlin after which Yedlin pulled him down. The first offence was by Jota and it should have been a free kick to NUFC.

    • BigHairyDog

      Kevin Campbell pointed it out again and again but Gallagher fobbed him off.

      • Vodkamagpie

        How can he have fobbed it off, the wolves player gained a advantage

  • magpiefifer

    No surprise there then – Gallagher is as useless as Dean!

  • GlasgowMag

    One word that covers this article [email protected]!!! yip that about covers it!!

    • Taz

      And one word that sums up the ref and x ref …clueless!!!

  • Rabid Dog

    It immaterial now on whether or not any of the decisions were or were not this, that or the other. We got nowt out of the game and have to move on.

    I do think Dean should answer for not stopping play when Perez went down as it was a head injury, but that won’t happen.

    • BigHairyDog

      Just go back a few weeks with Glenn Murray, Dean was very lucky. Had Perez suffered a swallowed tongue the outcome could’ve been very different.

  • DeadToiler

    Clutching at straws when blaming referees. They are all biased, no body likes us etc. The truth is we have a weak squad and a manager, who whilst deserving a lot of praise, uses conservative ,non risk taking tactics. We rode our luck last season and with a squad that has been tweaked but not really improved, itsi unlikely we’ll do so again.

    • Vodkamagpie

      Tweaked but not really improved, I like that. We did good business in the transfer window

  • Wor Lass

    “Mike Dean had a top-drawer performance, I would say, and got all the big decisions correct.” He had a nightmare and missed no end of incidents for both teams but ours were the most crucial. Yedlin`s red card was right in my opinion – but only if he wasn`t fouled first. One or two people have said their player pulled him back first. I`m going to pull the game back out of “deleted” (where it went within 2 seconds of the final whistle) and have a look tonight. He missed a clear pen for us no matter what “former top referee, Gallagher” predictably said.

  • Sickandtired

    Perez went down like a sack of [email protected]! Elbow or not (which it was). the ref should have blown due to it being a head injury anyway.

    • JEz_Brizzle

      Unfortunately I feel that Perez reaped the rewards of too many claims of major injuries that were nothing but taps if anything… He goes down under a puff of a defenders breath normally… Fortunately it did not cost us.
      I think VAR would judge it as a dangerous elbow and red card and penalty.
      I think no defence for yedlin… silly to pull back in that situation… whether or not there was a previous foul (which I don’t think there was).

    • simonjames60


      he sprang up like a jack in the box 5 Mins later because there was nothing wrong with him.

      So the ref was right, no major imjury

      • Sickandtired

        PMSL! He was on the deck and treated for bleeding from the nose. FA Rule – (The ref) “…ensures that any player bleeding leaves the field of play. The player may only re-enter on receiving a signal from the referee, who must be satisfied that the bleeding has stopped and there is no blood on the equipment”
        In order to do any of that then he needs to stop play!

  • BigHairyDog

    Mike Dean has had one bad game after another ALL season not just yesterday, Gallagher as usual is defending one of his mates. You can pick apart just about everything Gallagher used to reason his decisions and in the end he just pig headedly defended Dean. Foul on Yedlin beforehand, a few weeks ago in a same situation when no decision was given he claimed “both players are fouling so the referee was right to play on”. On previous elbows he’s claimed that arms are swinging when they’ve looked pretty stationary just to defend the ref, Similar with the ref not stopping the game, if Dean had stopped the game he’d have defended him.

  • James Hopkins

    He says that he does not think that he throw his arm, well his am was raised but his eyes definitely were not on the ball.