Date:Thursday December 5 2013
Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew criticised the referee Howard Webb for not giving his side a penalty during Wednesday's 3-0 defeat at Swansea City.
Inevitably, after his side lost, Pardew refused to blame his side for the defeat and while there were more than one penalty decision for the referee to make in Newcastle's favour, the Swans were worthy winners.
They controlled the game for very long periods and dominated possession, with 76% during the first half.
Ben Davies had a shot that struck his arm, and with our luck for penalty decisions against us, we were fortunate that Webb ignored United's strong claims for a spot kick.
And then, Pardew believed Webb should have prevented Swansea's goal as they should have been given a penalty for Williams nudge on Gouffran.
Trying not to be biased, but Newcastle didn't look like a side that were experiencing such an enjoyable run of form that had seen them jump up to 7th in the table. Swansea meanwhile produced their best home performance of the season.
They've recently lacked some enthusiasm and desire, and their passing game hasn't been as sharp and slick as we've previously seen. However, Laudrup's side showed signs that the real Swansea City are back in business.
Passing accuracy in the first half was 92%, above their season average of 87%, and after the second 45 minutes, their passing only dropped by 1%.
What was also impressive about the performance and the win, was their reaction to Vazquez's injury, which left the Swans without a striker for the night. Bony and Michu - who combined have netted 16 goals so far this campaign, were also missing through injury, so Laudrup had to reshuffle his pack into a 4-6-0, with Pozuelo pushed further forward and Shelvey just behind in a more attacking role.
Pardew wasn't willing to admit that his side were beaten by the better side though, and concentrated on the referee's performance:
'I didn't think we deserved that. I was a bit disappointed we didn't keep a clean sheet until half-time, although we didn't retain the ball very well. In the second half we pushed on and we created chances.
'Two big decisions have gone against us - (our) first penalty claim was a penalty, I've no doubt about that. I felt it at the time and my players' reactions told me all I needed to know.
'It hit his (Ben Davies') arm when it was going into the net. That's a penalty, isn't it? He (Webb) said the ball hit him on the arm, but he didn't move his arm towards the ball.'
'That was from a foul on Gouffran,' he added. 'I thought (Ashley) Williams had no chance of winning that header. He went into the back of Gouff and he (the ref) has played on.
'I accept Webb's explanation but don't agree with it. Then there was an incident with Jonjo (Shelvey), which after looking at the highlights was a bit disappointing for him. You could argue he shouldn't have been on the pitch.
'We had one of those nights where all those things went against us and that impacted on the score.'
Date:Thursday December 5 2013
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