Steve Bruce was not happy with the performance of referee Tim Robinson during Newcastle’s defeat to Burnley, with the official taking charge of his first Premier League game.
The winning goal for the home side came from a corner given by the inexperienced ref, although to most observers, it appeared Federico Fernandez was clearly fouled, before landing on top of the ball as it crossed the line.
Chris Wood headed in from the resulting set-piece, after Martin Dubravka misjudged the flight of the cross, leaving the forward with an unmissable chance on the goal-line.
After the game, the Chronicle report Bruce said: “It is disappointing to lose a game in that manner. We feel aggrieved that the referee has given a corner.
“It looked a foul and it is a clear and blatant foul and it is a decision that has ultimately cost us the game.”
And while Bruce is right to feel angry at the decision, there were also other reasons why Newcastle came away with nothing.
Newcastle failed to deal with the resulting corner – regardless of whether it should have been awarded or not – and that is inexcusable.
Martin Dubravka has saved more points for us that he has cost us, but he was caught out for the goal, badly misjudging a routine cross, and getting nowhere near it.
Newcastle failed to trouble the Burnley goalkeeper
Then there is the woeful stat which showed Newcastle did not have a single attempt on target for the whole game, which inevitably suggests as soon as the side went behind, there was never any way back.
You simply cannot win games without threatening the opposition goal, and not making the Burnley keeper make one save, is criminal at the top level.
That said, the referee was truly appalling today, and looked clearly out of his depth. He was influenced by players too often, and the term whistle-happy appears to have been invented for Tim Robinson today.
So hopefully today can be chalked up to simply a bad day at the office, and if we can get some of our missing players back for the Crystal Palace game next week, we can get back to winning ways again.