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Wolves pundit admits on Sky Sports that Newcastle United were cheated

5 years ago

It was Newcastle v Wolves on Sky Sports on Sunday afternoon and plenty of talking points.

Former Wolves goalkeeper Matt Murray was a guest on Sky Sports and he thought the referee got it totally right on the DeAndre Yedlin sending off.

The defender getting a red card after poor control saw the ball run away from him, then pulling the Wolves player back as he raced towards goal.

Some Newcastle fans felt it was harsh as Jamaal Lascelles was not too far away but Murray thinks the Newcastle Captain would have been too late in getting across if Yedlin hadn’t done the foul.

The Wolves pundit thought Newcastle did well in coping with a man down and that Rafa Benitez will be disappointed his team didn’t emerge with a point.

Before the late winner there was arguably the biggest moment of the match.

A Newcastle cross came into the box from the left and Ayoze Perez was left writhing on the floor holding his face.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Matt Murray thinks it didn’t look too bad on first look, but that after seeing the replays he feels that Newcastle were cheated.

That despite being a former Wolves player and current fan/pundit, he admits it should have been a red card and penalty, ‘a pivotal moment’ as he calls it.

Rafa Benitez wasn’t very happy either…

Matt Murray talking on Sky Sports:

“When the ball first came in and Boly headed it clear, I thought it was just a coming together. but then you watch it back….

“You see how Boly swings an arm.

“You look at it come in and you think Boly’s just gone up for it but he does swing an elbow there.

“Look, I have got a Wolves hat on, but that for me could be a red card.

“It is definitely a penalty, it is a foul.

“It is dangerous play and whether he has meant to catch him or not, if you swing an elbow like that…

“If a defender jumps with their arm in an unnatural position it’s a penalty, so I think it is a foul and anywhere else on the pitch it would be.

“Definitely a penalty and I don’t think you could complain about a red card either, it was a pivotal moment.

“I thought Newcastle were doing really well containing Wolves but right at the end Matt (Doherty) pops up at the back.

“It feels very, very sweet for him but Newcastle will be so disappointed that they haven’t come away with a point.”

DeAndre Yedlin red card:

“If you look, Adama Traore’s there as well, so even if Lascelles does come across then he might square it for Traore to tap in.

“You saw that from that distance he can get a good strike off so for me it is a mistake from Yedlin and Lascelles is probably not going to be able to stop the shot.

“He might not score but it is a good chance, or he squares it to Traore, so it (the red card) is the correct decision, an individual error and very costly for Newcastle.

“There is over half an hour to go and I think Rafa will be disappointed.

“He is a top manager, he makes decisions, but for me that’s been a costly one all round for Newcastle.”

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)


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