Eddie Howe has blasted Martin Atkinson and VAR for not awarding a penalty following our 4-0 thrashing by Man City.
The NUFC boss has also explained why Javier Manquillo (illness) and Jonjo Shelvey (fatigue) missed the game, but it wasn’t such a reassuring update on Federico Fernandez and Jamal Lewis, with Howe saying both are ‘long term’ injuries.
Back to the penalty that never was, Toon fans were rightfully furious when Ederson brought down Ryan Fraser inside the area… only for no spot-kick to be given by the referee.
The decision was ultimately made redundant anyways due to Pep Guardiola’s side running away with a comprehensive victory at St James’ Park.
Howe, while acknowledging that he does not usually look for excuses, questioned why we were not given a penalty in a pivotal moment in the game.
This is what he said to the press after the defeat:
“I don’t look for excuses or to blame the officials but it’s another big moment in a game that’s gone against us.
“The goalkeeper is out of control and wiped Ryan out. It’s a stonewall penalty. How VAR hasn’t intervened is a strange one for me.”
‘The was a baffling one, and I’m unsure how it is not a penalty. I’m not too sure what happened with VAR and the referee.
“It’s a clear penalty.“
Howe provided an update on Javier Manquillo and Jonjo Shelvey as questions were raised when neither were named in the matchday squad. He also gave an update on Jamal Lewis and Federico Fernandez’s injuries:
“Manquillo was a late drop out due to illness which was a big problem for us.
“Jonjo has played a lot of football in a short space of time having missed a long period.
“We just felt we had to be careful with him for this game. We hope he’ll be back soon.”
“I think they’re (Lewis and Fernandez) going to be longer term so we won’t expect them back for the foreseeable future.
“Jamal’s was a strange one early in the game against Liverpool. It was a big blow for us and Fede looks like he’ll be around the same length of time.”
Toon supporters could still be heard singing and waving flags at the full-time whistle, something that did not go unnoticed by Howe.
“I just want them (the fans) to know it’s not taken for granted.
“It’s not an easy emotion for me because I want to give them success, points, victories and performances they can be proud of. I really do value their support. The players needed that today.”