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Eddie Howe tells BBC Sport what he thought of game changing moment and referee’s reaction

1 month ago

Eddie Howe has been reflecting on Sunday’s match.

The Newcastle United Head Coach believes it was a ‘really harsh scoreline’ at the King Power Stadium as Leicester won 4-0 and that the ‘reality of the game’ was very different.

The complexion of the match of course really changed when the penalty was awarded and converted as half-time approached.

Eddie Howe saying that when seeing the incident live he feared the worst, as Maddison went down in the box.

However, the NUFC boss adding that later when seeing the replays, it was quite clearly not a penalty. Howe seeing what we could all see who were watching on TV, that Maddison clearly cheated, diving long before any contact with Lascelles.

Eddie Howe clearly not happy with how the match officials dealt with it: ‘I don’t know why referees are so reluctant. It is almost like they are told what to do, rather than follow their gut instincts.’

The NUFC Head Coach though insisting he was happy with a lot of the response to going behind, with the exception of what happened in the final third. Which was summed up by Schmeichel’s biggest threat being clearing a back pass off the line.

Eddie Howe talking to BBC Sport:

“A really harsh scoreline.

“If you look at the scoreline alone, you probably get one thought of the game, but the reality of the game I thought was very different.

“I thought we were ok for long periods of the match without properly clicking in the final third.

“I thought for all the ball we had around their box, we never really opened them up.

“Then defensively, for the goals, big moments in the match and we didn’t deal with those situations well enough.”

BBC Sport interviewer:

“At the time, what did you think at the time of the penalty incident?”

Eddie Howe:

“I think when you see it live, you fear the worst. You see the leg and you see the player going over.

“But when you go into more detail, you see the player is already on his way over before contact is made. For me it is not a penalty.

“It is another decision away from home that has gone against us.

“At 1-0 I thought we were still in the match and competitive.

“The goals came at bad moments for us, when we were on top and looking to score, we just got picked off.”

BBC Sport interviewer:

“Would you have liked to have seen the referee go and have a look (at the pitchside monitor)?”

Eddie Howe:

“Definitely, that is what it is there for, and I don’t know why referees are so reluctant. It is almost like they are told what to do, rather than follow their gut instincts.

“I think if he does, I think he reverses the decision.”

BBC Sport interviewer:

“How important was the first goal?”

Eddie Howe:

“First goal is always hugely important in any game.

“I think in away games they are massive, the crowd then gets involved, they have something to defend.

“I think there was a lot of really good play up to probably the final third. That is where we have to reflect and analyse truly because I think a lot of our decision making in that last little bit was just a little bit off.”

BBC Sport interviewer:

“Was that down to individual decisions?”

Eddie Howe:

“I think is is just down to cohesive teamwork that we haven’t quite refined yet.

“I think we are on our way hopefully to becoming what we want to be but there is a lot of work still to do.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Leicester 4 Newcastle 0 – Sunday 12 December 2pm

(Half-time stats in brackets)



Tielemans (38 pen, 81), Daka (57), Maddison (85)


Possession was Leicester 47% (56%) Newcastle 53% (44%)

Total shots were Leicester 8 (3) Newcastle 12 (4)

Shots on target were Leicester 5 (2) Newcastle 3 (0)

Corners were Leicester 4 (2) Newcastle 6 (4)

Referee: Peter Bankes

Crowd: 31,959 (NUFC 3,300)

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Manquillo, Schar, Lascelles, Lewis (Murphy 62), Shelvey (Ritchie 85), Willock, Saint-Maximin, Almiron (Fraser 62), Joelinton, Wilson

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Hayden, Hendrick, Krafth, Gayle, Fernandez

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