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Former top referee rules on this controversial Wolves v Newcastle incident

2 weeks ago

Dermot Gallagher reviews controversial decisions in the Premier League after each round of games, on behalf of Sky Sports.

The former top referee has now given his call on the Wolves v Newcastle match.

Dermot Gallagher looking at a key incident, in a game which Newcastle were second best in the first half but ended up going in at half-time level, though unable to match Wolves after the break and deservedly beaten.

Dermot Gallagher speaking on Ref Watch on Sky Sports:


“Moments after Wolves’ Jose Sa is hurt in a coming together with Joelinton, where the striker wins the ball but catches the goalkeeper as he dives at his feet, Jeff Hendrick fires Newcastle level with the goalkeeper back on his feet but still struggling with his shoulder.”

Dermot Gallagher verdict:

“I think if it was a foul, it’d be a lot easier to dissect.

“But because it wasn’t, the referee should blow his whistle to stop the game.

“He puts his whistle in his mouth, but is then seduced by the goalkeeper getting up and decides to play on.

“The problem is that because there wasn’t a foul, VAR couldn’t judge on the goal so it had to be the on-field decision.

“When you put your whistle in your mouth, blow it.

“Because he didn’t, the goalkeeper got up – and at that point he took his whistle out of his mouth, and Hendrick scores.”

So Dermot Gallagher clearly thinking referee Graham Scott got this one wrong, that he should have blown his whistle after the Wolves keeper collided with Joelinton.

Interesting that Dermot Gallagher then explains that VAR couldn’t then later intervene even if they wanted to, due to the fact that it wasn’t a foul when the pair came into contact.

I think my take on this type of incident, is that when it is your team that benefits you can see a lot of reasoning as to why play should be allowed to continue and the goal allowed.

However, if it was your team on the receiving end, I think fair to say you would be pretty aggrieved, because whilst he did carry on after treatment, the Wolves keeper did get injured.

It didn’t matter in the end anyway because Newcastle deservedly lost thanks to Hwang and Jimenez combining once again for a second goal and winner.

Plus I have a horrible feeling now that when we play Spurs in 13 days time, we will have Jeff Hendrick playing due to scoring that goal and Steve Bruce in the build up to that Tottenham game going on and on about how well Hendrick did when he came on for Joe Willock. He didn’t, apart from the goal, Hendrick was as woeful as usual and the last thing we need is having such a slow negative midfielder added to an area where Newcastle are poor to start with.

Stats from BBC Sport:

Wolves 2 Newcastle 1 – Saturday 2 October 3pm



Hwang Hee-Chan 20, 58


Hendrick 41

(In brackets the first half stats)

Possession was Wolves 52% (56%) Newcastle 48% (44%)

Total shots were Wolves 7 (5)  Newcastle 8 (2)

Shots on target were Wolves 3 (2) Newcastle 2 (1)

Corners were Wolves 0 (0) Newcastle 4 (2)

Referee: Graham Scott

Newcastle United:

Darlow, Manquillo (Murphy 70), Fernandez, Clark, Ritchie, Sean Longstaff, Hayden, Almiron (Gayle 77), Willock (Hendrick 36), Saint-Maximin, Joelinton

Unused Subs:

Gillespie, Schar, Lewis, Krafth, Fraser, Anderson

(‘Unbelievable Jeff’ – What a week topped off by Wolves 2 Newcastle 1…Read HERE)

(Gary Lineker and Ian Wright speak the truth on Steve Bruce shambles – Read HERE)

(Steve Bruce shameless as usual with comments after losing at Wolves – Read HERE)

Steve Bruce has to go now – This clown is taking Newcastle United down – read HERE)

(Wolves 2 Newcastle 1 – Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Saturday’s defeat – Read HERE)

(Steve Bruce takes Newcastle United into relegation zone with clueless defeat at Wolves – Read HERE)


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