Eddie Howes fumes and alleges unfair treatment at the Anfield after a 3-1 loss to Liverpool.
Eddie Howes fumes and alleges unfair treatment at the Anfield after a 3-1 loss to Liverpool on Thursday night.
As a result of their 3-1 loss to Liverpool on Thursday night, Eddie Howe believes Newcastle United were ‘harshly treated’ by the match referees.
Ex-Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey gave Newcastle an early lead, but Diogo Jota equalised in the second half with his ninth goal of the season, followed by goals from Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Newcastle’s Fabian Schar and Isaac Hayden collided inside the area before the Portuguese forward fired home from inside the box.
Even though Hayden was still on the ground, referee Mike Dean opted not to stop play, leaving Howe furious that his team had been exploited.
“We didn’t do everything right, that’s clear. But we certainly didn’t have the luck either,” said the Newcastle boss after the match. “The turning point of the game is an obvious one. I can’t understand how Mike [Dean] hasn’t stopped the game. Isaac clearly holds his head immediately, laying in our six-yard box and that leads to the goal.” said Eddie Howes after the match.
“It was clear to me that the game had to be stopped and for me that is a key moment in the match. I couldn’t believe what I had seen as I saw Isaac myself holding his head immediately- it wasn’t as though it changed.
“The priority always has to be the safety of the player. We talk a lot at the minute about head injuries, and I thought it was a wrong decision.
“I think we have been harshly treated today and it follows a similar pattern of other games we’ve had where decisions have gone against us.
“If the boot was on the other foot? I think that question could take me into dangerous territory, so I better not answer it.”
It wasn’t long before Newcastle’s irritation boiled out as they were refused a penalty on Ryan Fraser with the score at 2-1 in the second half.
It was Dean’s opinion that Alexander-sliding Arnold’s tackle on the former Bournemouth player was fair despite protests from the Newcastle’s bench and this challenge was not subject to a VAR review.
Liverpool sits second on the table just a point behind League leaders, Manchester City.