Fulham star claims referee cheated them out of victory against Newcastle United
Fulham defender Cyrus Christie has blamed Martin Atkinson after Saturday’s match.
He says the visitors deserved to win the game and that a supposed blunder by the referee was the only thing that prevented that happening.
Referring to a late chance when Jamaal Lascelles blocked a Fulham effort on goal, Cyrus Christie claims ‘We had some really good chances late on and the referee’s clearly got one wrong when their centre-half turned into their goalkeeper at the end.’
A bit of a drama queen as Lascelles arm did appear to make contact with the ball but it was in front of his body but would have been blocked regardless.
Newcastle also had claims of a penalty, especially when Kenedy appeared to be dragged down, but in reality I don’t think there was any great miscarriage of justice at either end and it was a game that didn’t even deserve a goal on the overall play from both teams!
Newcastle were desperate and didn’t make the visiting keeper produce a save, that is depressing in any home game, never mind when playing the bottom team who had conceded nine more goals than the next highest total for a PL club before the game.
A point for NUFC to add to their total and seemingly Fulham feeling hard done by.
Cyrus Christie talking to official site:
“We had some really good chances late on and the referee’s clearly got one wrong when their centre-half turned into their goalkeeper at the end.
“Then Abou [Kamara] goes through and Lascelles has done well to recover.
“Before that Abou went to shoot and his boot came off, so sometimes when your luck’s out those sorts of things go against you.
“We’ll take the positives now, we move on, and we’ve got two home games coming up which we’re looking forward to.
“It was a new shape under this manager, he has gone to five at the back and at times we probably could have created a bit more, but we haven’t played that formation much before.
“We defended well, we nullified them. We knew what their strengths were and we limited their chances. We defended well and we deserved the clean sheet.
“It was obviously important to get our first clean sheet of the season. I think we defended well, we limited their openings, they didn’t really have many, and then at the end we could have won it.
“Our fans were all the way at the top of the stand which is quite far, but we could still hear them throughout. I think we put on a good performance for those that travelled all the way up and hopefully they went home happy.
“It’s a positive to take into the Wolves game, we look forward to that. We had a good game against them last season and hopefully we can replicate that.
“All the lads are working hard to make us a better team. We’re buying into what the Manager’s doing and now we need to climb up the league.
“If we’d won it would have been big for us, we would have gained a bit of ground on those above us, but it’s a point on the board at the end of the day, and come the end of the season that could come in handy.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 0 Fulham 0
Possession was Fulham 46% Newcastle 54%
Total shots were Fulham 4 Newcastle 9
Shots on target were Fulham 2 Newcastle 0
Corners were Fulham 0 Newcastle 6
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Dubravka, Manquillo (Yedlin 84), Schar, Lascelles, Dummett, Ritchie, Ki, Diame, Atsu (Kenedy 72), Rondon, Perez
Woodman, Joselu, Muto, Hayden, Fernandez
Crowd: 51,237 was announced but looked around 49,000-50,000 in reality (Fulham around 500, large minibus)
(Rafa Benitez needs to hold his hands up to this one? Read HERE)
(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to this bore draw – Read HERE)
(Claudio Ranieri claims Fulham had 4 or 5 chances to win but Newcastle didn’t have single shot at goal – Read HERE)
(Alan Shearer savages Newcastle United match ahead of Match of The Day – Read HERE)
(Paul Merson only sees bleak times ahead for Newcastle United after covering the match against Fulham – Read HERE)
(Rafa Benitez all but rules out a ‘miracle’ at Newcastle this season – Read HERE)
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