Eddie Howe believes that Newcastle was on the wrong end of another refereeing decision after Ederson brought down Ryan Fraser in the box. The win helped City cement their place at the top of the table at Christmas after they comfortably beat Newcastle. They have taken just five points from their last seven games with Howe in charge and are 19th on the table.
“I’m not the type of manager that looks for excuses or looks to blame the officials but it’s another clear big moment in the game that has gone against us.” Newcastle manager Eddie Howe said. “I’m shaking my head at it. The goalkeeper is out of control, he’s wiped Ryan Fraser out. It’s a stonewall penalty. How VAR hasn’t intervened is a really strange one for me. I think there’s been one in every game. At that stage we were well in the match and you don’t know what can happen beyond that point.”
“We shot ourselves in the foot. It was a big frustration,” he added, “If there’s one team in world football you don’t want to chase the game against it’s Manchester City and to do it so early made our task doubly difficult. I thought the rest of the first half, bar their second goal, was a really disciplined performance. We really minimised their goalmouth action. They were relatively quiet although they scored two goals that sounds like a contradiction. We looked a threat and should have had a penalty.”
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