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Rafa Benitez very unhappy with yet another shocking Mike Dean performance

5 months ago
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Mike Dean put in yet another shocking performance at Bournemouth.

How on earth he is still reffing in the Premier League takes some believing.

Rafa Benitez trying is best to be diplomatic but when a referee can have such an impact on a match, there are limits.

A soft penalty for Bournemouth to gift them back into the match whilst Mike Dean failed to give two to Newcastle.

It also felt like a number of 50/50 decisions were always going the home side’s way.

The Newcastle manager’s scathing reaction to the Mike Dean show: ‘There were too many decisions that didn’t go our way today….’

Rafa Benitez:

“The players were working really hard until the last minute.

“We had the advantage then too many things were wrong in the second half.

“In the end though the team came up with the result we were expecting in this sort of game.

“A great goal [by Ritchie] and it was because the team was trying, it was pushing.”

Rafa Benitez asked about Bournemouth’s penalty:

“Some decisions you need to have VAR.

“You need to make sure you get the decisions right.

“There were too many decisions that didn’t go our way today….

“I’ll have to check but if you give a penalty like that, then you have to give a hundred in every game.

Asked about Mike Dean’s performance overall:

“We were not happy with a lot of things.

“If you analyse the first half, DeAndre [Yedlin] was fouled in the box.

“That penalty against us…you are talking about things where we [Rafa and Mike Dean] have different opinions.”

Rafa Benitez talking to BBC Newcastle:

“We scored two great goals but I’m quite disappointed.

“Because we have to go to the last minute in a game that we were controlling and could get something more [from].”

Rafa on Matt Ritchie:

“You don’t want any player to miss a penalty so it was important for him to do well.

“He scored a great goal – an important goal for us.

“So, I think he’s happy and all the fans are, and I am really happy, too.”

Rafa on Rondon:

“I’m sure people will be talking about that (his future) but for us, it doesn’t matter now.

“The main thing is he is doing well, scoring important goals – and that’s it.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Bournemouth 2 Newcastle 2

Goals:

Newcastle:

Rondon 45+5, Ritchie 90+3

Bournemouth:

King 48 (pen), 81

Possession was Bournemouth 49% Newcastle 51%

Total shots were Bournemouth 10 Newcastle 12

Shots on target were Bournemouth 3 Newcastle 4

Corners were Bournemouth 6 Newcastle 6

Referee: Mike Dean

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Fernandez, Dummett, Lejeune, Ritchie, Hayden, Diame (Shelvey 83), Almiron (Muto 82), Perez (Atsu 72), Rondon

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Manquillo, Clark, Kenedy,

Crowd: 10,625 (Newcastle 1,300)

(To read instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the game go HERE)

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