Newcastle United were very lucky to nab themselves a 2-2 draw with Bournemouth this weekend, but some Toon fans believe they could have taken all three points had it not been for referee Mike Dean.
Several of Dean’s decisions during the match upset the Toon faithful, some of which had huge effects on the final result.
In the first half, the referee dismissed a foul on DeAndre Yedlin in the penalty area, despite the defender having been caught late by Charlie Daniels.
However Dean didn’t hesitate to award Bournemouth a penalty in the second half, for a much softer challenge.
Federico Fernandez and Nathan Ake had both went up to battle for an aerial ball, Fernandez wrapping his arms around The Cherries defender.
Dean deemed it worthy of a penalty, which infuriated a lot of Toon supporters.
Newcastle had been 1-0 up thanks to a delightful Salmon Rondon free-kick, but the penalty allowed Josh King to quickly equalise.
Newcastle fans were also left frustrated by Dean’s leniency towards Bournemouth midfielder Jefferson Lerma.
Despite the midfielder committing plenty of fouls, including a dangerous studs up challenge on Perez, he avoided being sent off.
The Toon faithful had thought they’d seen it all from Dean during the match, until he also failed to penalise a Bournemouth back pass late on.
And despite some last minute heroics from Matt Ritchie stealing a point, fans are still furious with Dean’s performance.
Newcastle fans react to Mike Dean decisions
2 penalties not given, indirect free kick for a back pass not given, Mike Dean you’ve outdone yourself once again. Two world class goals by us should’ve seen all 3 points.
— jimbo (@jjamesduffyy) March 16, 2019
Take that draw after Mike Dean decided he wanted to make it all about himself once again.
— Paul W (@PJ_Walker88) March 16, 2019
Another day in the world of Mike Dean #NUFC
— Joe Moore (@joemooree11) March 16, 2019
I know that we all like a laugh at Mike Dean and his “Strictly Come Dancing” penalty awards, but good god he is an awful ref; poor decisions, poor communication with players and assistants. #nufc got a point there despite his best efforts. Richest league in the world, not good
— Kris (@KrisDoog) March 16, 2019
Think Pochettino was onto something when he had a go at Mike Dean a few weeks back. Never seen a referee with a bigger ego than him. #NUFC
— Evan Kiropoulos (@evan_kiropoulos) March 16, 2019
VAR and Mike Dean should be a laugh. I’d say he retires before VAR embarrasses the life out of him. He really is a shocking ref.
Anyway, 7 from safety and I’d say we’re 99.9% safe now.
— Joe (@JoeD_Nufc) March 16, 2019
Considering Mike Dean tried his best to give them the win
This is an incredible point, 11 vs 12
— Dell ⚪⚫ (@agbnufc) March 16, 2019
Rondon scores a screamer.
Mike Dean thinking to himself, no good this Mike, come on, you're the star of this show.
Never a penalty! #NUFC
— The Magpie Channel (@MagpieChannel_) March 16, 2019
Benitez echoes fan frustrations
In his post match conference he stated: “The way things were going on, we’re not very happy with that,
“We are not happy with a lot of things. If you analyse situation in the first half, DeAndre was (fouled) in the box. The penalty against us. You’re talking about things there where we have different opinions (from the ref).”
The Toon manager was clearly displeased with the decisions that went against his side.
However a draw was probably a fair result for the Magpies.
Neither side played particularly well, both failing to get a real hold on the game.
Hopefully two spirited comebacks in as many games can inspire Newcastle to some more big results after the international break.