Jonjo Shelvey continued his hot streak in front of goal against Sheffield United, but his strike was somewhat controversial.

After Newcastle’s only lengthy spell of possession, Paul Dummett clipped a ball towards Andy Carroll. The big man won the header, flicking it on into the path of the onrushing Shelvey.

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The linesman flagged for offside, but the referee waved play on as the Newcastle skipper raced in on goal. Shelvey neatly found the bottom right corner, despite a halfhearted attempt from Dean Henderson to save it. The Sheffield United players had stopped, assuming the linesman’s flag was golden.

But in the era of VAR, Shelvey was allowed to complete the attack before the referee consulted the video replay. That showed that Carroll was actually onside, meaning Shelvey’s goal had to stand.

The right decision was made, although it was harsh on the Blades. But at the end of the day, we were all taught as kids to ‘play to the whistle’.

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A lot of Sheffield United fans are angry about the decision, but Shelvey’s goal was correctly given. But if it had been the other way round, we’d probably be raging too.

Fortunately, VAR went in our favour and the Magpies are heading back to the north east with three valuable points.

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Sheffield United fans are not happy about Jonjo Shelvey’s goal

 
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